San Francisco: At a recent meeting on osteoporosis, sponsored by the University of California a new study suggests giving patients who had stroke in the past supplements of folate and vitamin B12 may prevent fractures. Steven R. Cummings, M.D. professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the university and director of clinical research at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute announced last month.
Discussion: Osteoporosis (decrease of bone integrity) is a significant risk for fractures specially for the hips and it can even happen from minimally traumatic events such as a slight fall. It is estimated that as high as 50 percent of osteoprotic bones can fracture. Caffeine, tobacco and steroids and certain medications are associated with an increase in osteoporosis. Vision problems and poor gait could cause falls and subsequent fractures. In the past studies have shown dietary calcium and vitamin D may reduce the likelihood of fractures.