My interpretation of this study is that there were a total of 28 participants, all post menopausal and all in the same age category. 16 were treated with RAI and 12 were not. All women’s estrogen levels change postmenopause. All of the women in the study were experiencing bone loss. However, the women treated with RAI, for some reason the bone loss was less than those not treated with the RAI. (The study did not point out if the other women were on ATD’s or had surgery. Because these women, had there thyroid levels under control with RAI, they experienced less BMD loss. (bone mass)
This is just my interpretation, I am not near menopause. I just shared these research studies to let others now that there is some wor going on in the research arena. Now if they would just find a cure!
FYI-I recently had a bone scan done and was found to have significant bone loss. I’m a 37 year old woman who was diagnosed with graves’ 2 years ago and have been on anti-thyroid drugs pretty much since diagnosis. I had no symptoms of bone loss,but I was pretty sure I probably had the disease years before I was diagnosed. My doctor did not suggest the test for a bone scan, but I’m glad I had it done and may be able to regain some bone density. My insurance covered the bone density test because of my graves’ disease diagnosis,you may want to check this out first. Sorry for lenghty post,but hopes this can help someone. Phyllis