Fascinating research on the human genome is being conducted to determine which among 100,000 genetic markers might be most responsible for osteoporosis and longevity.
I wonder if this type of information could ultimately be used to help people (especially women) determine the best course of action to prevent bone loss. For example, if the latest studies showing some concerns about calcium are supported by further research, the opportunity to learn more about one's genes can help an individual weigh the risks and benefits of supplements for their particular genetic makeup. While we won't ever be able to predict the future, it might tell us who should be more worried about breaking a hip versus having a heart attack -- which could be very useful to know. For the article on the genes, go to www.news-medical.net/?id=30169.
Published On: October 09, 2007