Dizziness Linked with Poor Bone Health

A woman with osteoporosisLow bone mineral density may be associated with a disorder that causes dizziness, according to Korean researchers.  Benign positional vertigo is an inner ear disorder that results in the sudden onset of dizziness, spinning, or vertigo when moving the head.  In this recent study, people with osteopenia had double the risk of benign positional vertigo, and those with osteoporosis had triple the risk of the condition, which was unrelated to head trauma or other known causes.

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans and is known as the “silent disease”. It is a silent disease in that it progresses insidiously and painlessly up until the first symptom, which is usually a broken bone.  Unfortunately by then, most of the damage has been done.  Early detection and prevention of osteoporosis is vital. (Image courtesy of Merck Source.com)

Both men and women over age 50 are at risk. One-half of all women and one-fourth of all men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime. This occurs despite the fact that osteoporosis can be prevented and treated.  

Read more about the prevention, detection, and treatment of Osteoporosis

Source: Jeong S-H, et al “Osteopenia and osteoporosis in idiopathic benign positional vertigo” Neurology 2009; 72: 1069-1076.

Source: “Dizziness Linked to Bone Health” MedPage Today, March 23, 2009


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