Calcium supplements can prevent bone fractures

June 12, 2008 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Calcium supplements can prevent bone fractures

Boosting calcium intake with supplements may reduce the risk of debilitating fractures later in life, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In this new study, 930 healthy men and women aged 27 to 80 were divided into two groups. One group was given a placebo while the other group received a supplement containing 1,200 milligrams of calcium.

After four years, people who supplemented with calcium reduced their risk of bone fractures by 72 percent.  In fact, not a single adult receiving calcium experienced a fracture tied to everyday activities.

Adult bones continue to grow in density and strength until about age 35. After that, preventing further bone loss by maintaining adequate calcium consumption is essential.

Adults over 50 are at a higher risk for bone fractures and are advised to consume 1,200 milligrams of calcium each day. One cup (250 ml) of low-fat milk, 3/4 cup (175 ml) of low-fat yogurt, or 1.5 ounces (45 g) of cheese all provide 300 milligrams of calcium each.

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