another reason to control your blood pressure
High blood pressure may increase the risk of osteoporosis,
according to a study in the American Journal of Hypertension. Researchers
looked at 45 middle-aged women, 31 with untreated high blood pressure
and 14 with normal blood pressure, and found that bone mineral
density in the lumbar spine was significantly lower in the women
with hypertension. Other recent research has found that hypertension
impairs the body's ability to metabolize calcium, which may help
explain the decrease in bone mineral density.
From The Johns Hopkins
Medical Letter: Health After 50, August 2002.