Secondhand smoke and osteoporosis

A study published online April 25 in the journal Osteoporosis International, “postmenopausal Korean women who have never smoked but who are exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis compared with unexposed women.” In the study that “involved 925 women aged at least 55 years who had not smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and had urinary cotinine levels (a biomarker of nicotine exposure) below 100 ng/mL or higher,” researchers also found that “being exposed to high levels of SHS in the home was associated with a significantly increased risk for both lumbar and femoral neck osteoporosis compared with women who did not live with a smoker.”

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