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Respiratory function a bone health marker

Respiratory function can be used as a marker of bone health and fracture risk in middle-aged and older patients, according to a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

14,800 patients aged 42 to 81 underwent a health check including spirometry and heel quantitative ultrasonography between 1997 and 2000 and were followed up for hip fractures until 2007.

A 1 litre increase in FEV1 was associated with a halving of the risk of hip fracture in both men and women.

J Bone Miner Res 2009 May; 24(5):956-63

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