Cross-Cultural Studies of Biological Aging

Cross-Cultural Studies of Biological Aging

1st Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Editor: Cynthia M. Beall
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160955

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Cross-Cultural Studies of Biological Aging reviews papers that tackle issues of biological aging from a cross-cultural perspective. The studies emphasize the interaction of biological, cultural, and environmental factors that provides the data about the range of variation in certain biological process. The book is comprised of 12 chapters that cover various concerns about the aging process from a cross-cultural perspective. Chapter 1 discusses the biological function, activity, and dependency among elderly Sherpa in the Nepal Himalayas, while Chapter 2 deals with work, aging, and dependency in a Sherpa population in Nepal. The third chapter tackles the population genetic models in the study of aging and longevity in a Mennonite community, and the fourth chapter talks about the secular changes in age-specific cause of death in Sanday, Orkney Islands. Chapter 5 covers the developmental and genetic responses to differential childhood mortality, while Chapter 6 discusses how mortality is related to cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus in a modernizing population. The seventh chapter tackles the biocultural risks in longevity of Samoans in California. Chapter 8 discusses the changes with age of anatomical distribution of fat, while Chapter 9 provides a comparison of visually estimated age with physiological predicted age as indicators of rates of aging. Chapter 10 reviews a longitudinal study about the patterns of adult weight and fat changes in six Solomon Islands societies, and Chapter 11 discusses aging in selected anthropometric dimensions in a rural Zapotec-speaking community in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. The last chapter compares blood pressure at rest and during exercise among Sherpas and Tibetan migrants in Nepal. The text will be of great interest to researchers whose work involves understanding other factors that have causal relationship with biological aging.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Biological Function, Activity and Dependency among Elderly Sherpa in the Nepal Himalayas

    Work, Aging and Dependency in a Sherpa Population in Nepal

    Population Genetic Models in the Study of Aging and Longevity in a Mennonite Community

    Secular Changes in Age-Specific Cause of Death in Sanday, Orkney Islands

    Components of Longevity: Developmental and Genetic Responses to Differential Childhood Mortality

    Mortality Related to Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Mellitus in a Modernizing Population

    Biocultural Risks in Longevity: Samoans in California

    The Changes with Age of the Anatomical Distribution of Fat

    Comparison of Visually Estimated Age with Physiologically Predicted Age as Indicators of Rates of Aging

    Patterns of Adult Weight and Fat Change in Six Solomon Islands Societies: A Semi-Longitudinal Study

    Aging in Selected Anthropometric Dimensions in A Rural Zapotec-Speaking Community in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico

    Blood Pressure at Rest and during Exercise among Sherpas and Tibetan Migrants in Nepal


Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160955

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Cynthia M. Beall

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