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4th March 2009 - New research

THE HIGH PREVALENCE OF OSTEOPOROSIS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Rheumatology International [2008] 28 (12) : 1205-1209 (Bezza A, Ouzzif Z, Naji H, Achemlal L, Mounach A, Nouijai M, Bourazza A, Mossadeq R, El Maghraoui A.)  Complete abstract

In Osteoporosis, the density of bone decreases and so makes people prone to getting bone fractures. For more information go to Osteoporosis. One in six people (17%) with Parkinson's Disease were found to have already developed Osteoporosis. Over half of all people (54%) with Parkinson's Disease have been found to have osteopenia, which is low bone density, as is shown on the right hand photograph. Osteopenia often develops in to
Osteoporosis. For more information go to Osteopenia

Due to the proneness to falling that some people with Parkinson's Disease have, the risk of fractures becomes even greater in those people that also have Osteoporosis. The biochemistry of Parkinson's Disease and Osteoporosis do not coincide at all. Yet Osteoporosis was found to be related to the severity of Parkinson's Disease. It also becomes more likely with age. It is also related to low calcium intake, and insufficient sun exposure. Sun exposure is a source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone formation. It is possible to improve bone formation by increasing calcium intake (such as from milk products), and by taking a supplement that includes vitamin D.

 

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