Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Patients Have Higher Likelihood of Osteoporosis

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. Jonathan L. Silverberg MD PhD MPH Assistant Professor in Dermatology Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Jonathan Silverberg

Dr. Jonathan L. Silverberg MD PhD MPH
Assistant Professor in Dermatology
Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Persons with atopic dermatitis have a number of risk factors for osteopenia and osteoporosis, including systemic atopy and inflammation, being less physically active and using a lot of topical and/or systemic corticosteroids. We aimed to determine whether adults with atopic dermatitis in fact have higher rates of physician-diagnosed osteopenia and osteoporosis.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings? 

Response: Mature adults (age ≥50 and ≥70 years) with atopic dermatitis had higher likelihood of osteopenia and/or osteoporosis in two different cohorts. 

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Atopic dermatitis patients may benefit from increased screening for osteopenia and osteoporosis, and increased use of non-steroidal treatment options.

Some simple and conservative suggestions that could reduce their risk, include increasing physical activity, maintaining adequate weight-bearing activity and adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Future studies are needed to understand the particular role of atopic dermatitis treatments in the development and prevention of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

No relevant disclosures.

Citation:

Atopic dermatitis is associated with osteoporosis and osteopenia in older adults
Shaheen, Mohammed S. et al.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,

 

 

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