Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects elderly people. Aging induces loss of bone density and quality resulting in a progressive incidence of fragility fractures. In this study, we report the bone density of one of the oldest men in the world and of several of his first-degree relatives, as well as a genetic screen of these cases. No fractures have been suffered by any of them, and their bone mineral density (BMD) values in terms of z score were normal or lightly decreased. Neither mutations at the longevity-related gene KLOTHO nor the Gly171Val mutation of LRP5 associated with high bone mass was detected in the two centenarian stepbrothers. Copyright 2007 by The Gerontological Society of America.
|Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
|Published - 1 Jan 2007