A new study points to increasing magnesium intakes which may reduce the risk of fractures in older women, but the benefits for older men are not as clear.
Data from over 3,700 individuals with an average age of 60, who participated in the Osteoarthritis Initiative, was used for this study. During the 8 years of data analyzed 560 people developed new fractures. Participants with the highest average intake of Magnesium (398 mg/day for men and 373 mg/day for women) had a significant reduction in the risk of developing fractures (53% for men and 62% for women). When height was taken into account the risk of fracture reduction fell to 25% for men and 53% for women.
Since only 27% of the study participants reached the RDA for Magnesium (420 mg for men and 320 mg for women over 30), it is believed that this may account for the change in the risk factors for both men and women when height is taken into account.
Further randomize controlled trails are needed to fully understand the role Magnesium plays in delaying and reducing fractures.
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