Saturday, June 4, 2011

Anorexic girls have increased bone density after physiological estrogen treatment

Estrogen therapy improves low bone density due to anorexia nervosa in teenage girls with the disease when given as a patch or as a low oral dose that is close to the form or amount of estrogen the body makes naturally. These results of a new study are being presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

A large proportion of adolescents with this eating disorder have low bone density and therefore are at an increased risk of fractures, said Madhusmita Misra, MD, the study's lead author and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. An important cause of this low bone density is low levels of estrogen, a hormone in the body that prevents bone loss.

Link to full Endocrine Society release.

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