Navigation Links
It's Not Just Fat: Hip Bones Widen With Age, Too
Date:5/27/2011

FRIDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- People continue to grow well into their 70s, but they're not growing taller, they're growing wider, new research shows.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine found that people's pelvic bones (hip bones) continue to grow long after they reach skeletal maturity. The end result: extra inches at the waistline and many extra pounds on the scale.

"Whether or not they also have an increase in body fat, our findings suggest that pelvic growth may contribute to people becoming wider and having a large waist size as they get older," said Dr. Laurence E. Dahners, senior study author and a professor of orthopedics at UNC, in a university news release. "If the rest of the body is widening, this might account for a significant portion of an increase in body weight of about one pound a year."

In conducting the study, published online this week in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, researchers used CT scans to measure the width and height of 246 patients in various age groups. The study found the width of the patients' pelvises continued to grow, even after skeletal maturity at 20 years of age. Specifically, the researchers noted, the pelvic inlet (the birth canal opening in the middle of the pelvis) widened, which is evidence of actual pelvic growth.

On average, the pelvic width of the oldest patients in the study was nearly an inch larger than the width of the youngest patients. The study's authors explained this one-inch increase alone could amount to three extra inches on the waist between the ages of 20 and 79 years. They also noted this widening could also account for a significant portion of an annual one-pound weight gain.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on how aging affects bones.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, news release, May 25, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. With Anorexia, Body May Hoard Fat in Bones
2. NIH study confirms location of stem cells near cartilage-rich regions in bones
3. Scientists Find Way to Heal Broken Bones Faster
4. Elemental bones
5. Dense bones linked to raised risk for prostate cancer
6. Taking a break from osteoporosis drugs can protect bones
7. Tummy Fat May Threaten Womens Bones
8. Age Takes Toll on Facial Bones, Study Finds
9. Early Puberty Onset Linked to Stronger Bones
10. Anti-bacterial collar to help mend broken bones
11. Nitroglycerin Ointment Might Strengthen Bones
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
It's Not Just Fat: Hip Bones Widen With Age, Too
(Date:1/18/2017)... , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... asset protection and financial planning services to families and business owners in the ... aimed at supporting children with developmental disabilities. , The Lakemary Center is a ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Catalent ... for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that Mr. Michael Merges, ... upcoming WCBP Conference, to be held at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC, on ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... the revolutionary Active Brake Technology (ABT), an innovative braking system that allows skaters ... Brake Technology addresses one of the biggest concerns of beginner and intermediate skaters ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... January is National Stalking Awareness ... who choose to lurk in the corners and commit the crime of stalking, a very ... use and addiction, an often overlooked factor in stalking and other crimes. , “Stalking: know ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... point of difference. Eden Activewear is a stand-out company for several differences from ... online and only manufacture on demand, this is called 'Agile' manufacturing - ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017  Dermata Therapeutics, LLC, ... to treat a variety of dermatological diseases, announces ... DMT210, in a Phase 2 acne rosacea study. ... downregulate the proinflammatory cytokines in the skin responsible ... rosacea. This clinical trial, DMT210-003, ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Safe Rx LLC and Good Day Pharmacy, ... Loveland, Colorado , today announced the availability ... Day locations.     "Patients with prescriptions prone ... storage," said Milton Cohen , President & CEO ... a cup of coffee, you can protect your children ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... In China , we say Health is ... China,s Healthy Strategy originates. 2016 is ... and Social Development of the People,s Republic of ... council of the People,s Republic of China ... plan, identifying medical devices as one of the main breakthrough ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: