Osteoporosis & Height Loss : Why it happens and how to prevent it

Published: December, 2005

BOSTON — As we age, we experience decreases in everything from hair and hearing to memory and muscle. Height is also on the list. Starting at about age 40, people typically lose about half an inch each decade. Why do we shrink, what are the consequences, and what can we do? The December issue of Harvard Health Letter answers these questions.

What causes height loss?

Fractures of the bones of the spine can contribute, as can slouching.

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