New CU study focuses on understanding whether adding DHEA to exercise can improve bone density and muscle strength in older women with low bone density. University of Colorado College of Nursing Associate Professor, Catherine Jankowski, is leading the DAMES study, a five-year study that will look at how boosting naturally declining levels of the hormone DHEA in older women might improve bone density and muscle mass. The study is targeted toward women 60-85, who are susceptible to osteoporosis due to low bone density. One hundred and eighty women will be in the study for nine months. Some women will exercise and some will not, and everyone will take a study pill that is either DHEA or placebo (an inactive pill) daily. The exercise is 3 times per week at a specialized exercise laboratory on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. DHEA is a naturally occurring hormone, made by the adrenal glands, that may increase bone density and muscle mass in older women. By evaluating the use of DHEA in addition to exercise, the researchers can see how DHEA, exercise, or both changes bone density and muscle mass. Dr. Rebecca Boxer, a University of Colorado School of Medicine geriatrician, is a   Read more…