Osteoporosis is common in AS, but is that due to the disease process, or the drugs we use??

BMD = Bone Mineral Density. A low BMD indicates osteoporosis... here is the medical journal abstract:

After investigating 30 people with Ankylosing Spondylitis, average age of 37 years, a group of researchers found the following:
"lumbar spine showed osteopenia or osteoporosis in 50% of the patients, while 86% had osteopenia or osteoporosis in the total proximal femur. When compared with the normal population, the patients showed a significant BMD decrease in the lumbar spine and total proximal femur with sub-regions (Clin Rheumatol 1999;18(5):364-8) "


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