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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    Fatty acids and the risk of fracture in women

    Fatty acids may be important dietary components that modulate osteoporotic fracture risk.

    Researchers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, studied fatty acid intake in relation to osteoporotic fractures.

    First, the details.

    • 137,486 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative were studied.
    • The women identified total fractures; hip fractures were confirmed by medical record review.
    • Fatty acid intake was estimated from food-frequency questionnaires and standardized to total caloric intake.
    • No data on omega-3 fatty acid supplements were available.

    And, the results.

    • Higher saturated fatty acid consumption was associated with a significantly higher hip fracture risk.
    • Lower total fracture risk was associated with a significantly higher monounsaturated fatty acid intake and polyunsaturated fatty acid intake.
    • Unexpectedly, higher consumption of marine omega-3 fatty acids was associated with significantly greater total fracture risk, whereas a higher omega-6 fatty acid intake was associated with a significantly lower total fracture risk.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Saturated fatty acid intake may significantly increase hip fracture risk, whereas monounsaturated and polyunsaturated FA intakes may decrease total fracture risk.”

    However, in postmenopausal women with a low intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids, a higher intake of omega-6 fatty acids may modestly decrease total fracture risk.

    12/26/10 23:22 JR

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