Melbourne: Australian researchers claim to have found evidence that people undergoing bone treatment are not only surviving well but they appear to be gaining an extra five years of life than people without osteoporosis. A team at Sydney`s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, has based its findings on data from the long running Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study. Out of a total cohort of around 2,000, a sub-group of 121 people were treated with bisphosphonates for an average of 3 years. When compared with other sub-groups taking other forms of treatment, such as Vitamin D or hormone therapy, the longer life linked to bisphosphonate treatment was clear. "While the results seemed surprisingly good, they are borne out by the data -- within the limitations of any study-- and appear to apply to men as well as women. "When we first looked at the figures, we thought that there had to be a fallacy, that we were missing something. One of the most obvious things might be that these are people who seek medical attention, so may be healthier and live longer.
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