To bring reprieve to the many sufferers of osteoporosis, as well as, prevent potential victims from the ailment, researchers are exploring the influence of dietary supplements on osteoporosis. Scientists in Northern Ireland are recruiting post-menopausal women (aged 45 and above) to analyze the effects of vitamins on bone loss.
According to Professor Helene McNulty, there is an additional risk factor for osteoporosis, which is caused by high levels of homocysteine, also known to cause heart disease and stroke. The high homocysteine levels can occur due to two reasons; one which is triggered by a poor diet that does not have adequate Vitamin B, and two, genetic predisposition to increased homocysteine levels.
This study seeks to asses if post-menopausal women with a specific genetic profile can actually merit with B-vitamin supplementation, to reduce the levels of homocysteine levels, and allay potential osteoporosis. "Studies have found that when B-vitamin intake is improved, homocysteine levels are lowered and this offers the possibility of a novel way to reduce osteoporosis," Prof McNulty added.