|May 11, 2000
Media Contact: Kate Deely
UCSD RESEARCHERS STUDYING
OSTEOPOROSIS IN MEN
Men Over 65 Needed
for National Institutes of Health Research
Osteoporosis has long been
considered a woman’s disease, but UCSD School of Medicine
researchers, through a grant from the National Institutes of Health,
are examining bone loss and its effects in men.
The Osteoporotic Fractures in
Men Study, also known as Mr. OS, is a research study being conducted
at six medical centers nationwide, including UCSD. The seven year
study will follow 6,000 senior men (65 years and older) for an average
of five years. The object of this study is to determine the extent to
which the risk of fracture in men is related to bone mass and
structure, biochemistry, lifestyle, tendency to fall and other
factors. The study will also try to determine if bone mass is
associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D.,
UCSD Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Diane Schneider,
M.D., UCSD Associate Professor of Medicine, are the investigators for
the San Diego Mr. OS study which is expected to enroll about 950 men.
"One-third of hip fractures occur in men, yet we know very little
about who may be at risk," Dr. Schneider said. "Mr. OS will
be then landmark bone study in men. We hope men 65 and older in the
community will be willing to volunteer their time to participate in
this important study."
Other centers conducting the
study include: Stanford University; University of Minnesota; the
University of Alabama at Birmingham; the Oregon Health Sciences
University; and the University of Pittsburgh.
Participants of the study will
be invited for two planned visits over five years. The initial visit
will include bone density measurements, x-rays, laboratory tests,
visual function tests and muscle strength tests. This is not a
clinical trial, therefore no medications will be administered. To
enroll in the study or for more information, call 858/673-5574.