The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Vitamin D and bone loss in older men

    vitamind2 Researchers from the VA Medical Center Minneapolis, Minnesota report that men with 25(OH)D levels below 20 ng/mL had greater rates of hip bone loss.

    First, the details.

    • 1279 community-dwelling older were studied.
    • Vitamin D levels and hip bone mineral density were measured at the start of the study and repeated about 4 years later.
      • The bone mineral density test measures the density of minerals (such as calcium) in bones.

    And, the results.

    • After adjusting for potential confounding factors, the average rate of decline in total hip bone mineral density was greater in men with lower blood levels of vitamin D.
    • The evidence for this association was significant among men aged 75 yr and older, but not among younger men.

    The bottom line?

    The results support the view that low vitamin D levels are detrimental to hip bone mineral density in older men.

    8/27/09 21:18 JR

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