New Genes Causing Osteoporosis Discovered


New Genes Causing Osteoporosis Discovered

As per a research which has been published in the journal Nature Genetics, it has been found that a group of researchers from the Diamantina Institute at the University of Queensland has found a number of genes, which are responsible for causing osteoporosis.

The development has bought a smile on the faces of experts who used to be quite concerned about the problem. They have seen a significant rise in the osteoporosis cases, where men are more diagnosed with the problem than women. However, it would not be wrong to say that women were also affected with the disease in a great number.

Official figures report that 25% Australian women have lost their lives within one year of hip fracture that occurred due to osteoporosis. Lead senior author Dr. Fernando Rivadeneira, from the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, was of the view that they have found 56 genetic variants of the disease.

These variants are almost the double the number known to medicine field. He further affirmed that out of the total number, 14 genes are such which increases the risk of bone fracture.

Another author Dr. Douglas Kiel from Harvard Medical School in the Unites States said that they have found many genes which cane bused for the development of bone building drugs.

"It is important for patients to recognize the symptoms and know that they do not have to live with the debilitating pain of a spine fracture. Treatment options have evolved drastically over the years and can now provide immediate pain relief", said experts, who were not involved in the study.

Some of the symptoms which will help in diagnosing bone fracture are severe pain in the affected portion, difficulty while moving, and inability to stand or walk for a long time.

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