Bone and artery calcification . . . and other storiesBMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1614 (Published 01 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1614
Bone and heart
Calcification in arteries and in bone show an inverse relation, according to a large study in Korean women. More than 12 000 women aged 50-80 underwent bone mineral density measurements. Over nine years of follow-up, women with lower bone mineral density were substantially more likely to suffer from atherosclerotic diseases (Heart doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2020-318764). Risk of myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes increased by around 40% for each standard deviation decrease in bone mineral density.
Inflammatory bowel disease in pregnancy
A study in the Netherlands followed the offspring of 600 women with inflammatory bowel disease. The most important findings were reassuringly negative (Gut doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2019-319129). Prenatal …