Statins and osteoporosis: Can these lipid-lowering drugs also bolster bones?
Abelardo C. Cruz, MD
Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Barry L. Gruber, MD
Head, Division of Rheumatology, Professor of Medicine and Dermatology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Address: Abelardo C. Cruz, MD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Division of Rheumatology, HSC T-16, Room 040, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8161; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACTThe statins may not only lower cholesterol, they may stimulate bone formation, as suggested by a number of observational studies and animal research. Whether these drugs will be of benefit in treating osteoporosis awaits further clinical trials.