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Osteoporosis

Fluoride May Help to Combat Osteoporosis

16 years ago

1029  0
Posted on Oct 08, 2002, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have revealed that fluoride lowers the risk of spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis, when taken with calcium and vitamin D. Although scientists know that fluoride stimulates new bone formation, concerns about its safety have restricted its use.

Results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have revealed that fluoride lowers the risk of spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis, when taken with calcium and vitamin D. Although scientists know that fluoride stimulates new bone formation, concerns about its safety have restricted its use. The study of women aged 65 and over who had already sustained at least one spinal fracture due to osteoporosis, revealed that the incidence of new or repeat fractures was 68% lower in women treated with fluoride. In addition, the researchers observed none of the adverse effects previously associated with the use of higher doses of fluoride. The team concluded: "Our findings support the use of (long-acting) sodium fluoride with calcium and (vitamin D) in treating older ambulatory women with established osteoporosis."

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Archives of Internal Medicine 2001; 161:2325-2333

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