Osteoporosis progression, heart disease and omega-3


Calcification in the abdominal aorta is a type of atherosclerosis (atherosclerosis, as we have already explained on other occasions, is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries). Some of its causes are hyperparathyroidism (the parathyroid glands secrete excess of parathyroid hormone), genetic factors, high glucose, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol level. Middle-aged men and women with this disorder are more likely to develop heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease (reduced circulation of blood to a body part other than the brain or heart). Vascular calcification and osteoporosis seems to be related: women with the greatest magnitude of bone loss also have the most severe progression of abdominal aortic calcification (this direct relation exists in both senses) and, consequently, are more likely to develop heart disease.

But as dietary total omega-3 fatty acids intake is inversely related with the development of abdominal aortic calcification in older women, a way to control its progression and, therefore, also osteoporosis progression, could be the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Take note.




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