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Gerontology. 2012;58(3):212-5. doi: 10.1159/000329828. Epub 2011 Aug 27.

The Dowager's hump: an early start?

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Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, London, UK. robert.weale@kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A recent study has shown that biomarkers relating to the variation of muscle strength with age exhibited gender differences.

OBJECTIVE:

To discover whether gender differences in kyphosis and its progression with age might be explained in a related manner.

METHODS:

Relevant aspects of muscular ageing, and related changes in the Cobb angle (a measure of kyphosis) were examined and linked to data on the gerontology of musculature. A hypothesis regarding embryonic antecedents was advanced.

RESULTS:

Kyphosis appears to rest on a multifactorial basis, with age and muscular changes playing potentially important roles.

CONCLUSIONS:

The role of muscle strength as a cause of kyphosis merits further investigation. Both muscular and kyphotic studies should be repeated on the same subjects, and relevant embryonic antecedents be examined. A study of the relation between gonadal and antenatal muscular development might yield conclusive results.

PMID:
21876336
DOI:
10.1159/000329828
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