[The results of the study - Calcium supplementation as a part of basic therapy of osteoporosis is more than a routine step]

LAKATOS Péter, SPEER Gábor, DOMBAI Péter, ZAJZON Gergely

DECEMBER 23, 2011

LAM KID - 2011;1(03)

[Calcium intake is considered the base therapy of osteoporosis treatment. It is known that in case of inadequate calcium intake, specific anti-osteoporotic drugs are inefficient. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the alimentary and supplementary calcium intake among Hungarian osteoporotic patients, using a nationwide representative survey. Patients with osteoporosis were enrolled in the study. We determined the total alimentary calcium intake and the average supplementary dose. In some cases, total calcium intake was lower than recommended, in other cases it was significantly higher than that. In some cases, bone density showed a positive correlation with calcium intake. Vitamin D supplementation complied with current recommendations.]



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[The risk factors of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures in Hungarian women: the results of the NOKK study]

MEZŐ Tibor, TABÁK Ádám, BHATTOA Harjit Pál, LAKATOS Péter

[INTRODUCTION - It is widely accepted from Western European and the US studies that race and geography significantly affect the risk for osteoporosis. Less is known about similar associations in Eastern European subjects. Our aim was to describe the risk factors for osteoporotic fractures and osteoporosis in a selected female population in a cross-sectional, multi-center study performed under the guidance of the Hungarian Society for osteoporosis and Osteoarthrology. MATERIAL AND METHOD - From 10 randomly selected regional osteoporosis centers, altogether 2602 women >18 years of age, referred with any osteoarthrological reason, participated. During their visit data on risk factors, blood pressure, anthropometry, and bone mineral density were collected. RESULTS - Using multiple regression we found that older age, lower diastolic blood pressure, family history of bone fracture, fall in previous year and lower T-score were independently related to fractures. Independent risk factors for femoral osteoporosis included older age, lower weight, family history of fracture, less physical activity, fall in the previous year and glucocorticoid treatment. DISCUSSION - Our study is the first large-scale epidemiological survey describing risk factors of osteoporosis and fractures in a Hungarian female population. Our data may suggest that lower diastolic blood pressure might be related to osteoporotic fractures.]


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[Gastrointestinal disease is often overlooked or simply forgotten as a cause of osteoporosis. In a number of gastrointestinal diseases, sometimes because of the medicines used for their treatment, malabsorption syndrome may occur. Malabsorption might lead to insufficient absorption of calcium, phosphate, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K and proteins, which can cause osteopenia, osteoporosis and osteomalacia. In this paper, we aim to review the gastroenterological diseases that can lead to osteoporosis and treatment strategies.]


[Evaluation of quality of life following treatment with calcitonin nasal spray in patients with osteoporosis: preliminary results of the MERLIN study]


[INTRODUCTION - MERLIN (Management of Osteoporosis in Elderly with Calcitonin) is an open-label, multicenter, prospective, follow-up study conducted in Hungary, part of which is to assess the impact of treatment with Miacalcic, - an intranasal salmon calcitonin, on the quality of life (QoL) among patients with osteoporosis. In this paper we report the preliminary results of the MERLIN study. PATIENTS - The study initially involved 1949 senior patients (aged >65 years) to whom calcitonin was prescribed for osteoporosis according to the application instructions. Patients presented at outpatient clinics and consisted of two groups; they were either newly diagnosed or they had been receiving a therapy for osteoporosis other than calcitonin. METHODS - This latter group discontinued their previous treatment and all patients received 200 IU intranasal salmon calcitonin (SCT) once daily for three months. Patient and physician questionnaires were used to collect information on the patients' QoL (EQ-5D VAS) and their general well-being at baseline and at follow-up visits at week 4 and week 12. RESULTS - Calcitonin use was associated with improvements in all EQ-5D domains and component scores as well as in VAS. Patients with previously known osteoporosis who, switched to calcitonin therapy achieved better results (0,046 QALY), than the newly diagnosed patients (0,0405 QALY). CONCLUSIONS - We conclude that intranasal SCT 200 IU daily is safe and effective in improving QoL of both, male and female patients with low bone mineral density.The conclusions that can be drawn from this study are limited due to the lack of a control group and to the unblinded design. Further placebo-controlled studies are needed to confirm these results. Nevertheless, our study was the first in Hungary to evaluate the quality of life impact of an osteoporosis treatment, and hopefully it will be followed by more such studies directed to other osteoporosis treatments.]