Research: kyphosis and mortality

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RESEARCH PAPER: Kyphosis and Mortality Paper

Posture is key to a long healthy life
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society explored the relationship between poor posture and mortality rates. The findings support the notion that having your spine checked by a Chiropractor to correct postural abnormalities together with suitable weight bearing exercise is beneficial for longevity.

Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 52, Issue 10, Page 1662 – October 2004. Deborah M. Kado, MD, MS, Mei-Hua Huang, DrPH, Arun S. Karlamangla, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD and Gail A. Greendale, MD



Key Points:
1) This study shows that hyperkyphosis is not primarily caused by osteoporosis.
2) Hyperkyphotic posture is more common in men than women (44% in men, 22% of women).
3) Hyperkyphosis is frequently observed in older persons.
4) In the study, persons with even slight hyperkyphosis had a 1.44 times greater rate of mortality than those without hyperkyphotic posture.
5) Hyperkyphosis is significantly associated with deaths due to atherosclerosis.
6) Hyperkyphosis increased deaths due to atherosclerosis by 2.4 times.
7) In these seniors, the greater the hyperkyphotic posture, the greater the rates of death.
8 ) The hyperkyphotic posture reflects an increased rate of physiological aging.
9) Atherosclerosis and hyperkyphosis have a common underlying pathology. A possible explanation is: Hyperkyphosis alters the mechanical inhibition of the thoracic sympathetic nervous system, increasing sympathetic traffic, which contributes to atherosclerosis.
10) Hyperkyphotic posture predicts increased mortality.
11) Interventions specifically targeted at improving hyperkyphotic posture could result in reduced mortality rates.