Asthma, Breathing Problems Linked to Bone Loss
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A new study is reporting that individuals with asthma-related breathing issues may be at an increased risk for bone loss. Dr. Jae-Woo Jung of Seoul National University Medical Research Center and colleagues reviewed health records from 7,034 patients and found average bone density was lower in the lumbar spine in the 216 people who tested positive for airway hyperresponsiveness, a characteristic of asthma in which the lung's airways are particularly sensitive to a potential asthma attack. Approximately 45% also had osteopenia (bone density below normal levels) and 6% had osteoporosis, vs. 30% and 4% for the control group, respectively.
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