WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A study conducted in monkeys has found new evidence that tibolone, a steroid commonly prescribed in Europe as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy, is a promising treatment for osteoporosis and has no adverse artery effects, report scientists from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in this month's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Tibolone is known to increase mineral density, a sign of bone strength, and to alleviate hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. But doctors have worried that its tendency to reduce high-density lipoprotein, or "good" cholesterol, could result in heart vessel disease. The Wake Forest researchers found that even though tibolone lowered HDL by half, there was no increase in vessel disease. "Our results suggest that tibolone is a cardiovascular-safe treatment for menopausal symptoms as the prevention of osteoporosis," said Thomas Clarkson, D.V.M., professor of comparative medicine at Wake Forest and the study's lead researcher.
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