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Minerva Medica 2008 February;99(1):45-54

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Atherosclerosis and osteoporosis

Pérez Castrillón J. L. 1, 2, 4, de Luis D. 3, 2, 4, Duenas-Laita A. 3, 2

1 Internal Medicine Department Rio Hortega University Hospital Faculty of Medicine, Valladolid, Spain 2, 4RD-056/0013 RETICEF 3, 2Institute of Endocrinology and Nutrition Research Support Unit Rio Hortega University Hospital Faculty of Medicine, Valladolid, Spain 4 Clinical Pharmacology Service, Rio Hortega University Hospital, Valladolid, Spain


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Atherosclerosis and osteoporosis are degenerative chronic diseases with a high incidence in developed countries. They are silent processes with a great economic cost that becomes evident when complications become overt. Numerous epidemiological studies show an independent association between the two diseases that is not related to age or other cardiovascular risk factors. This review analyzes the clinical studies that support this association and describes the possible common etiopathogenic and physiopathological mechanisms.

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