Genes could indicate osteoporosis

April 29, 2008 2:50:34 PM PDT
Scientists have discovered new genes for osteoporosis that may help guide treatment.

British researchers looking for genes that raise the risk found seven different sequences associated with the bone thinning disease, and one team found two that might predict the risk for 20 percent of people.

Scientists say some of these genes can be measured with near perfection years before fractures tend to occur. That could provide ample lead time for preventative measures.

The studies are published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.