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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health$
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Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

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A life course approach to musculoskeletal ageing: muscle strength, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis

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(p.141) Chapter 7 A life course approach to musculoskeletal ageing: muscle strength, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis
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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health
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Joan Bassey

Avan Aihie Sayer

Cyrus Cooper

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0007

This chapter reviews the development and aging of three key components of the musculoskeletal system (muscle, bone, and cartilage), and considers their consequences for adult disease. Musculoskeletal disorders are an important cause of morbidity and functional impairment in the general population. They are strongly age-related, and tend to occur more frequently among women than men. For the three important causes of musculoskeletal disability(age-related declines in muscle strength; osteoporosis; and osteoarthritis) evidence now exists to suggest aetiological factors acting throughout the life course.

Keywords:   musculoskeletal system, muscle, bone, cartilage, aging

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