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Healthy muscle mass is linked to healthy bones, and there are gender differences as well. These findings, just released by Mayo Clinic, could be used to better identify people at higher risk for falls and fractures.
Researchers have been aware that the progressive loss of muscle mass and bone density is a natural part of aging, but little work has been done to investigate how muscle tissue might affect layers of the bones. Lead author Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., says, "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the highly integrated nature of skeletal muscle and bone, and it also provides new insights into potential biomarkers that reflect the health of the musculoskeletal system."
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The findings are published in the Journal of Bone & Mineral Research.