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New Scanning Study Points to Osteoporosis/Heart Disease Link

People with ischemic heart disease have lower bone-mineral density (BMD) of the wrist, according to a recent study using a new scanning technology that shows a link between cardiovascular disease and bone loss. The study was published in the July issue of Osteoporosis International.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Both bone loss and heart disease are driven by increased inflammation. This would explain why high-dose fish oil (greater than 5-7.5 grams of EPA and DHA per day) is effective in treating both conditions.  Conversely, increased inflammation indicated by a high AA/EPA ratio (greater than 15) will accelerate both conditions.

 

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  1. Maggie Barnard

    I have a very low inflammation level, thanks to Dr. Sears’ teaching about taking his fish oil. But I was just told that my DEXA scan indicates osteoporosis. I’m wondering whether to believe it. I’m 71 and have no symptoms of osteoporosis and I don’t want to take the biphosphonates. Hmmmm….what to do?

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