A recent study has highlighted a concerning association between increased air pollution levels and a faster rate of bone loss in individuals with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a chronic skeletal disorder characterised by fragile bones more prone to breaking. The risk of developing the condition increases with age, especially among postmenopausal women.
The latest study’s findings highlight the potential dangers of air pollution to the respiratory system and musculoskeletal health. Here, we look at the latest research and what patients can potentially do to limit the risk.
Understanding the latest Osteoporosis research
The latest research examined the bones of more than 9,000 women residing in four different areas of the United States. Each participant underwent a bone scan three times over a six-year period. The data was subsequently analysed in relation to the quality of the air they were exposed to. Results showed that, on average, air pollution was responsible for a twofold increase in the speed of bone loss.
The researchers utilised home addresses to estimate levels of air pollutants, including nitric oxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and PM10 particulate matter. The results indicated that as the levels of air pollution increased, the bone mineral density across all body areas, including the neck, spine, and hip, decreased.
Findings showed there was a particular link between nitrogen pollution and the spine. A rise of 10% in this type of pollution over three years was associated with an average yearly loss of 1.22% in lumbar spine bone mineral density – double the amount calculated from normal ageing.
The researchers hypothesise that bone cell death may be the cause, resulting from oxidative stress, where harmful environmental molecules cause harm to the body.
Further research is necessary to confirm these findings and explore possible interventions to mitigate the impact of air pollution on bone health.
WHO and ESCEO collaborate for better bone health
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) have collaborated for better bone health.
Both organisations have entered into a five-year agreement to develop a strategic roadmap on bone health and ageing to help prevent fractures in older individuals. The agreement includes the development of a public health strategy and an action plan to prevent fractures and improve health services coverage.
The collaboration between WHO and ESCEO aims to develop global estimates on fractures and osteoporosis, review evidence-based interventions, and create an economic model for investment in fracture prevention.
Treating Osteoporosis with MBST
Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MBST) is a non-invasive medical technology that utilises low-frequency electromagnetic fields to stimulate the regeneration and repair of bones. MBST treatment is designed to improve bone cell metabolism and collagen production, leading to increased bone density and improved bone quality.
MBST is often used as a complementary therapy to other treatments for osteoporosis, such as medication and exercise. However, it is essential to note that it may not be suitable for all patients. Therefore, it is best to consult a healthcare professional to determine if it suits your specific case of osteoporosis.
The latest research findings show that the risk air pollution poses to patients with Osteoporosis needs to be addressed as a matter of priority. In the meantime, treatments such as MBST may help slow its progression.
To determine if MBST could be an ideal treatment option for your osteoporosis, book an appointment with MBST London today.