Aging and bone health in individuals with developmental disabilities


Journal Article (Review)

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. © Copyright 2012 Joan Jasien et al.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jasien, J; Daimon, CM; Maudsley, S; Shapiro, BK; Martin, B

Published Date

  • August 17, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2012 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1687-8345

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1687-8337

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2012/469235

Citation Source

  • Scopus