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Osteoporosis leads to dizziness?

May 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
People with osteoporosis or weak bones are three times more likely to have dizziness compared to those with normal bone density.Researchers believe the link between weak bones and vertigo might be due to declining estrogen levels and poor calcium absorption.

Both of those are factors in causing osteoporsis and both can also increase the risk of dizziness.

According to medical experts, the sensation of vertigo comes from shifting debris in the inner ear canals. These particles are composite calcite crystals that break off from calcium carbonate deposits.

Researchers are not sure why this happens, but because bone contains 99% of the calcium found in the body, the researchers say a link between bone health and vertigo has been suspected.

The journal "Neurology" contributed to this report.

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