CRP and bone health

Serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are inversely and independently associated with bone mineral density (BMD) in the general US population according to a study published online in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. After examining data on some 10,475 adults aged 20 and over, researchers found “in both men and women…a significant, inverse dose-dependent association between CRP quintiles and BMD at the extremities. Also, in women but not men, there was a significant, inverse dose-dependent association between CRP quintiles and BMD at the lumbar spine.”

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