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Vitamin E supplements may reduce bone fracture rate in the elderly: Study

Posted January 17, 2014

Use of vitamin E alpha-tocopherol supplements may reduce the rate of bone fractures in older people, says a new study that supports the potential bone health benefits of the vitamin.

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Study: Low Vitamin B12 Levels Increase Fracture Risk in Older Men

Posted December 11, 2013

Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1000 older men.

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Calcium plus vitamin D modestly reduced fracture risk, not linked to increased CV risk

Posted October 9, 2013

In a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials, calcium plus vitamin D only modestly reduced fracture risk and was not associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease outcomes, according to data presented by Jacqueline R. Center, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, at ASBMR 2013.

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Research on calcium supplements and vitamin D, risk of fractures and more

Posted October 7, 2013

A new study shows that neither calcium supplements nor increased dietary calcium increases the risk of dying from a heart attack or other heart-related conditions in older men. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, studied a group of 5,967 men over the age of 65 and followed their calcium supplements and dietary calcium intake for a decade.

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Physical activity during youth may help reduce fracture risk in old age

Posted March 24, 2013

Get out there and regularly kick that soccer ball around with your kids, you may be helping them prevent a broken hip when they are older, say researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day in Chicago, IL.

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Eat your veggies! Carotenoids reduce fracture risk

Posted December 26, 2012

With all the talk about the bone thinning condition osteoporosis almost always aimed at women, you may not be aware that thin men have a strong risk for hip fractures as they age. But a new study shows there may be a way to modify that risk. No, the answer isn’t taking Big Pharma’s side effect loaded drugs. Instead, the key is to eat more veggies loaded with carotenoids. These natural phytochemicals found in numerous fruits and vegetables (including carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes).

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Status May Predict Postmenopausal Bone Fracture Risk

Posted November 27, 2012

A nested, case-control study involving 800 postmenopausal women found that there may be an association between omega-3 blood levels and risk of hip fracture in older women. Subjects were 400 women with incident hip fracture history and 400 age, race, and hormone use-matched controls.

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Calcium and Vitamin D Cut Spine Fractures

Posted October 17, 2012

In long-term follow-up of the Women’s Health Initiative Calcium plus Vitamin D Supplementation Trial, use of the supplements was associated with a decreased risk for vertebral fractures but not for other adverse outcomes, an investigator said here.

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High Dose Vitamin D Prevents Fractures

Posted July 5, 2012

High doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older people – as long as they take the substance regularly, researchers reported. In a meta-analysis, oral doses of at least 800 IU were associated with reductions in the risk of both hip and nonvertebral fractures, according to Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, MD, DrPH, of University Hospital in Zurich, and colleagues.

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Paleontology Study: Nature Reaches for the High-Hanging Fruit

Posted April 30, 2012

In the first study of its kind, researchers have used tools of paleontology to gain new insights into the diversity of natural plant chemicals. They have shown that during the evolution of these compounds nature doesnt settle for the low-hanging fruit but favours rarer, harder to synthesise forms.

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