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Osteoporosis is a major public health issue, with fragility fractures of the hip, vertebrae, and distal radius considered the most important consequences. These lead to increased morbidity, mortality, hospital care, and dependency. The risk factors for the development of fragility fractures are numerous and involve genetic and environmental influences, as well as an interaction between the two. In this review, the recent literature examining genetic factors, possible candidate genes, the evolving area of intrauterine fetal programming, and anthropometric and environmental factors will be reviewed.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr rheumatol rep

Publication Date

02/2003

Volume

5

Pages

75 - 81

Keywords

Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Adult, Aged, Anthropometry, Collagen, Female, Fractures, Bone, Health Behavior, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Osteoporosis, Placental Insufficiency, Pregnancy, Receptors, Calcitriol, Risk Factors, Substance-Related Disorders