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New research suggests that if chronic sleep disturbance can be identified as a newly discovered risk factor for osteoporosis, it might help to explain the lack of cause for osteoporosis in the estimated 54 million Americans with low bone mass. A recent study found that several weeks of cumulative sleep restriction and circadian disruption resulted in reduced levels of a marker of bone formation in their blood.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Prolonged Sleep Disturbance Can Lead to Lower Bone Formation

Insufficient sleep, a common problem that has been linked to chronic disease risk, might be an unrecognized risk factor for bone loss. Results of a new study were presented at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The study investigators found that healthy men had reduced levels of a marker of bone formation in their blood after three weeks of cumulative sleep restriction and circadian disruption, similar to that seen in jet lag or shift work, while a biological marker of bone resorption, or breakdown, was unchanged.

“This altered bone balance creates a potential bone loss window that could lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures,” says lead investigator Christine Swanson, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado in Aurora. Swanson completed the research while she was a fellow at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, with Eric S. Orwoll, MD, and Steven A. Shea, PhD.

“If chronic sleep disturbance is identified as a new risk factor for osteoporosis, it could help explain why there is no clear cause for osteoporosis in the approximately 50% of the estimated 54 million Americans with low bone mass or osteoporosis,” Swanson says.

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