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Protein may reduce hip fractures in the elderly

A new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that seniors who consume a higher level of dietary protein are less likely to suffer hip fractures than seniors whose daily dietary protein intake is lower.  The paper was published in the May issue of Osteoporosis International.

The daily protein intake of 946 seniors (576 women, 370 men) was studied and they found that those whose protein intake was in the lowest 25% had 50% more hip fractures.  Those who suffered the hip fractures consumed less than the 46 g of protein recommended daily for adults.

This study supports previous studies reported a relationship between greater dietary protein intake and decreased risk of hip fracture.


December 26, 2010 - Posted by | Elderly, Food, Health | , , , , , , , ,

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