Reduced Osteocyte Density with Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
The idea that the denser the bones, the stronger the bones, is an idea that is far too simplistic. We now know that it is not just the density, but the quality of the bone that also plays a role in fracture risk. This study finds that there are less active bone cells (osteocytes) in patients who have suffered vertebral fractures. The authors suggests that less osteocytes would make the bone less response to microtrauma and changes in stress on the bone.
Reduced Iliac Cancellous Osteocyte Density in Patients With Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture.