Is This The Key to Preventing Age-Related Bone Loss?
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provides new details about the mechanism of action in age-associated osteoporosis – thinning of bones and loss of bone density that increases the risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is a serious health problem that is more common in older adults and people with certain health conditions.
In people with age-related osteoporosis, cells in the body that normally create bone cells begin producing fat cells instead. The recent study involving mice conducted at UAB suggests a protein called Cbf-beta plays a crucial role in maintaining bone-producing cells, and according to researchers, aged mice have significantly lower levels of Cbf-beta in bone marrow cells than younger mice.
Additional research is needed to determine if maintaining Cbf-beta levels can help prevent age-associated osteoporosis in humans.