The Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism was the site of a presentation of the findings of Professor Maria Manarathe of the Gaetano Pini Institute in Milan and her associates of an increased risk of high blood pressure and osteoporosis among women with a reduced intake of calcium.*
The study included 825 postmenopausal women with hypertension matched with 3 healthy postmenopausal women. The researchers found that 35.4% of women whose calcium intake was among the lowest one-fourth of participants at less than 8 servings per week had both high blood pressure and osteoporosis, compared to 19.3% of those whose calcium was among the highest fourth at greater than 15 servings.
“Our study confirms that there may be a link between hypertension and low bone mass and that a low calcium intake could be a risk factor for the development of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women,” Dr. Manara stated.
Editor’s note: The authors write that “The main pathogenetic hypothesis for the association between hypertension and osteoporosis points to increased parathyroid levels depending on the urinary calcium leakage reported in subjects with hypertension.”
* Annual Congress of the European League against Rheumatism.