Your posture is killing you
Hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine in women predicts mortality, independent of the presence of vertebral osteoporosis. The authors of this study concluded that the presence of an increased kyphosis in elderly women showed a 1.14-fold increased risk for death. The presence of a hyperkyphotic spinal presentation was directly related to increased mortality, independent of other variables such as spinal osteoporosis. Therefore, women who take preventative actions to have good posture, without a “Granny’s Hump” presentation, are more likely to live longer.
I know I am always going on about the importance of postural hygiene, but it will add quantity and quality to the years of your life.
Kado, D. et al. (2009) Hyperkyphosis predicts mortality independent of vertebral osteoporosis in older women. Annals of Internal Medicine 150:681-687.