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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Vitamin D and bone loss in older men

    vitamind2 Researchers from the VA Medical Center Minneapolis, Minnesota report that men with 25(OH)D levels below 20 ng/mL had greater rates of hip bone loss.

    First, the details.

    • 1279 community-dwelling older were studied.
    • Vitamin D levels and hip bone mineral density were measured at the start of the study and repeated about 4 years later.
      • The bone mineral density test measures the density of minerals (such as calcium) in bones.

    And, the results.

    • After adjusting for potential confounding factors, the average rate of decline in total hip bone mineral density was greater in men with lower blood levels of vitamin D.
    • The evidence for this association was significant among men aged 75 yr and older, but not among younger men.

    The bottom line?

    The results support the view that low vitamin D levels are detrimental to hip bone mineral density in older men.

    8/27/09 21:18 JR

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