New Hope For Osteoporosis: The CCN3 Connection

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) Researchers have discovered a hormone in breastfeeding mice that offers new hope for osteoporosis treatment.

Named CCN3, this hormone is unique to lactation periods and strengthens bones effectively.

This is pivotal because during breastfeeding, women's bodies naturally adjust calcium and estrogen levels, which impacts bone density.

Interestingly, these adjustments usually result in only minor, temporary bone loss. The finding is crucial as it suggests CCN3 counters this loss, promoting a denser bone structure.

This could be a game-changer for osteoporosis management, possibly leading to new treatments in the form of tablets or injections.

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), which includes estrogen and combined therapies, currently aids in reducing bone degradation linked to hormonal changes post-menopause.

These therapies, applied as patches or injections, help reduce fracture risks but carry potential side effects like increased cancer or cardiovascular risks.

The potential of CCN3 to enhance bone density without the associated risks of current therapies could signify a major advancement in treatment options.

However, this research is still in its nascent stages, primarily involving animal studies. More research is needed to confirm these findings and develop safe, effective applications for humans.

This research fits into a larger narrative about improving quality of life and health outcomes for older adults, particularly women. They are disproportionately affected by osteoporosis.

Effective treatment could significantly reduce the incidence of fractures. Fractures are a major cause of disability and decreased independence among older people.

In short, the story of CCN3 illustrates a promising direction in medical research that could lead to more sustainable, safer treatment options for osteoporosis in the future.


The Rio Times

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