Aging and bone health in individuals with developmental disabilities.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22888344
Author: 
Martin B
Author List: 
Jasien J
Daimon CM
Maudsley S
Shapiro BK
Martin B
Journal: 
Int J Endocrinol
PubMed ID: 
22888344
Pagination: 
469235
Volume: 
2012
Abstract: 
Low bone mass density (BMD), a classical age-related health issue and a known health concern for fair skinned, thin, postmenopausal Caucasian women, is found to be common among individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities (D/IDs). It is the consensus that BMD is decreased in both men and women with D/ID. Maintaining good bone health is important for this population as fractures could potentially go undetected in nonverbal individuals, leading to increased morbidity and a further loss of independence. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of bone health of adults with D/ID, their risk of fractures, and how this compares to the general aging population. We will specifically focus on the bone health of two common developmental disabilities, Down syndrome (DS) and cerebral palsy (CP), and will discuss BMD and fracture rates in these complex populations. Gaining a greater understanding of how bone health is affected in individuals with D/ID could lead to better customized treatments for these specific populations.
Published Date: 
January, 2012

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