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EZORB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER SEP 12, 2003

 

In this issue:

 

1. Research Alert: Twin Study Links Smoking To Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
2. Interesting Findings: Conflicting Feelings Worse For Blood Pressure Than Outright Hostility
3. Useful Links
4. Calcium Absorption Test
5. What Are Others Saying About EZorb?

 

1. Research Alert: Twin Study Links Smoking To Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

 

Smoking appears to be the most important lifestyle variable affecting bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women, say researchers.

 

"Characterization of determinants of bone mineral density in midlife and thereafter may lead to interventions that could minimize postmenopausal bone loss and reduce osteoporotic fracture risk," suggest Prof. John Wark and colleagues from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

 

To investigate, they used dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to measure BMD at the lumbar spine, total hip, and forearm in 146 female twin pair aged 30-65 years. Height, weight, total bone mineral content, and lean and fat mass were also assessed, and menopausal status, dietary calcium intake, physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption were determined using a questionnaire.

 

Comparison of the twin pairs showed that cigarette smoking was associated with a 2-3 percent reduction in BMD at all sites per 10 pack-years, with the most pronounced effect in postmenopausal women.

 

In addition, calcium intake and sporting exercise were once again proven to be the decisive factors for better BMD scores.

 

Based on these findings, "the damaging effects of cigarette smoking [on BMD] may well have been underestimated in the past," comments Wark.

 

Original paper appeared in: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 2003; 18: 1065-6

 

 

2. Interesting Findings: Conflicting Feelings Worse For Blood Pressure Than Outright Hostility

 

Having mixed feelings towards a person could be worse for blood pressure than clearly negative feelings, researchers have found.

 

They asked over 100 people to wear portable blood pressure monitors concealed about their person, and told them to press a button about 5 minutes into every social interaction to record their blood pressure readings.

When these results were compared with daily diaries detailing whom the participants had met with each day and their relationships with these people, the researchers found ambivalent feeling caused the greatest increases in blood pressure.

 

Lead researcher Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, from Brigham Young University in Utah, explains: "When you're interacting with those you feel aversive or negative towards, these people are predictable and you will either avoid them or you can discount them because you know what to expect from them."

 

She continues: "But for a person you feel both positive and negative towards, there could be hope and an expectation for something positive, and then, when you don't get the support you wanted, this can be very distressing."

 

September 2003 Source: EZorb Newsletter Editor

 

 

3. Useful Links

 

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4. Calcium Absorption Test

 

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5. What Are Others Saying About EZorb?

 

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