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Bone density is likely to be lower than normal in adults newly diagnosed with adult-onset type 1 diabetes, according to researchers in Spain. Osteoporosis could appear upon diagnosis of type 1 diabetes rather than as a late consequence of the disease, they say.

Researchers studied the bone mineral density of 32 patients with type 1 diabetes (22 men and 10 women from 20 to 39 years of age) at the time of their diagnosis.

Publishing their results in the September/October 2001 issue of Endocrine Practice, researchers found that bone mineral density was lower in these patients compared to a matched control group whose members did not have diabetes.

Researchers conclude that lower bone density can be found very early in the course of diabetes but point out that larger studies need to be conducted to establish the cause of the bone density changes.

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