Osteoporosis is a common ailment among the elderly. It is often accompanied by bone fractures which are again bad for life expectancy. Half of people aged 80 and over break a hip die within one year.
It was known that there are hereditary factors in osteoporosis, but which were in the game was unclear so far. Now a publication in Nature Genetics shows that 56 areas on the DNA affect the risk of developing osteoporosis. Fourteen of them also affect the risk of bone fractures. Further research should reveal how the found genetic regions contribute to osteoporosis and whether medicine can intervene in the development of osteoporosis.