Dr. Ronald Moskowitz, immediate past president of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, agreed.
"This is not a simple connection," he
said."It's a very interesting observation, but one needs to looks at confounding factors in trying to explain the hormonal relationship.""For example, as women grow older, they age, and their estrogens go down as they become postmenopausal," added Moskowitz, who is also a professor in the department of medicine at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland.
"So, the onset of arthritis may be a function of age rather than estrogen level dropping.It may not be causal.It may be simply that age is the risk factor for osteoporosis."SOURCES: MaryFran R. Sowers, Ph.D., professor, department of epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Ronald Moskowitz, M.D., professor, department of medicine, Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Cleveland, and immediate past president, Osteoarthritis Research Society International; August 2006 Arthritis & Rheumatism.