SMOKERS have been asked to volunteer for a groundbreaking new study into a link between social deprivation and bone fractures.
It has been established that those living in more deprived areas have a greater risk of sustaining a bone fracture – but scientists do not yet know why.
Professor Stuart Ralston, professor of rheumatology at Edinburgh University and head of NHS Lothian’s osteoporosis clinic, is set to start a study to discover whether smoking could be a reason for weaker bones.
He said: “A few studies have shown that if people come from an areas of deprivation they are much more likely to break a bone.
“We are trying to recruit people who are smokers to do a bone density scan and answer a questionnaire.
“It’s well known that people who live in deprived areas have less healthy lifestyles. It may be just smoking that weakens bones or it could be lifestyle factors – such as smokers being more likely to drink alcohol.
“We want to find out whether smoking is a direct cause or a marker for something else. This study will help us find more out about what’s going on.”
If you are interested in participating in the study, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 6511037.