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B. A Link Between High Cholesterol and Osteoporosis

Narrator: This is Science Today. High cholesterol has always been associated with heart disease, but UCLA researchers have discovered unhealthy eating and high cholesterol may also contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Farhad Parhami, the lead author of this study, explains.

Parhami: In comparative studies that we were doing, looking at the effects of cholesterol and cholesterol oxidized products, we found that it seems that these agents inhibit the ability of osteoblasts, which are the cells that normally make bone, to function properly.

Narrator: The researchers noticed people with cardiovascular disease also seemed to be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis.

Parhami: Nobody has ever made a link between the two diseases suggesting there may be a common factor and maybe if we find ways to combat cardiovascular disease in a better way, maybe we can actually use those same means to combat osteoporosis.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.