Homocysteine Levels and the Risk of Osteoporotic Fracture
Now that homocysteine is a well established risk factor for heart disease, the research community is moving on to other things homocysteine may contribute to. Remember the homocysteine may just be a marker for altered methylation ability, which is a process aided by Vit B12, B6, riboflavin, SAM-e, betaine and folic acid that is integral to the proper cell division of every single cell and well as the protection of DNA and the production of some neurotransmitters.
So, defects in the homocysteine pathway (which are very susceptible to genetic uniqueness’s can lead to a wide variety of downstream conditions. The bottom line–interventions designed to lower homocysteine levels would probably benefit most patients and be cheaper than checking blood levels.
NEJM — Homocysteine Levels and the Risk of Osteoporotic Fracture.