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Magnesium Intake May Lower Fracture Risk

As we age, skeletal fragility increases and we have an increased propensity to fall. Both of these increases the risk of fracture. A recent study suggests that increasing magnesium intake may lower the risk of fractures in older women and men.

Participants in the study included 3,765 people with an average age of 60. Over the course of the eight-year study period, 560 people developed a fracture. Magnesium intake was measured via food frequency questionnaire at the beginning of the study period.

The highest average intake levels of magnesium were associated with significant reductions in fracture risk. For men, the highest average intake level was 398 mg per day, with a 53% lower risk. For women, the highest average intake was 373 mg per day, with a 62% lower risk.

Women who met the recommended magnesium intake of 320 mg per day was also at a 27% decreased risk of future fractures.

Researchers from the Neuroscience Institute in Italy and King’s College London led the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 20, 2017, in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Magnesium helps build bones, enables nerves to function, and is essential to the production of energy from food. Previous studies have linked magnesium to reduced incidences of heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Magnesium deficiency, which tends to be especially prevalent in older populations, is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.

Eating more magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a good option.

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