The latest research reveals links between reduced bone mineral density and bad heart health in both women and men. This suggests that if a person has concerning cardiovascular health they may also have weaker bones
Both Cardiovascular health and Osteoporosis are large health concerns in the public. A lot of factors of risk are associated with both osteoporosis and heart disease, these factors include an aging, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy habits like smoking. This research now shows that these conditions may indeed be linked since they have similar risk factors.
Cardiovascular diseases are the top cause of death across the globe. Each year cardiovascular disease takes the lives of 17.9 million patients annually. While osteoporosis a disease known by the fragility of the sufferer’s bones and the reduced density of them affects 200 million people around the world.
Recent statistics suggest that those over the age of 50 one in every 3 women suffer from osteoporosis while one in every 5 men has the condition. Diminishing bone density is part of the process that makes the disease what it is. While cardiovascular and bone diseases affect largely different parts of the body, their causes seem to overlap and seem similar.
This also leads to the conclusion that perhaps these two conditions also have pathways that connect them biologically. Knowing this connection may pave way for newer more effective drug therapies that could help these conditions successfully. The latest studies however sometimes do not have measures that are objective for heart and bone health and mostly suffer from not being able to deal with a larger number of candidates for longer periods.
This study however managed to find a relationship between stiffness in arteries to weaker lower density bones in women as well as men. Individuals that suffer from deprived bone health are more likely to die from an ischaemic disease of the heart. This relationship however could not be understood by the similar factors of risk or usual risks for cardiovascular health. Surprisingly however they found that men and women had separate mechanisms taking place regarding the health of bone and heart.
Dr. Zahra Raisi-Estabragh is a fellow of BHF Clinical Research Training from the University of Queen Mary in London. She was the one who led the study team for this research. She says their study has strong links between cardiovascular poor health and bone illnesses. She also admits the mechanisms occur differently in women and men.
Professor Nick Harvey who oversaw the work commended the UK Biobank to be rich in information that highly helped the intricate speculation of the multifaceted interactions that take place between the health of our heart and our bones.
This previously unknown link between bones and our heart may also pave way for a better and effective treatment plan for people and may also give us an insight into how life-altering diseases can be prevented.