A fractured hip can seriously jeopardize your quality of life, especially if you’re over 60. But in addition to being cautious, a proper diet is vital for reducing the risk.
Scientists have recently discovered two nutrients can reduce the risk of hip fracture by almost 50%. Read on to learn what those nutrients are.
Calcium and Protein
In September 2021, a team of American, Australian, and Dutch scientists published a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). It investigated whether calcium and protein from dairy products can reduce hip fractures. It involved 7,195 participants from 60 Australian aged care facilities, with an average age of 82.
The study lasted two years, and the scientists collected data regarding the participants’ diet. Half of the 60 facilities were randomly selected to give their residents additional amounts of dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. These residents received 3.5 servings of dairy products each day, while the control group received two.
The results showed that a total of 1,974 deaths, 4,302 falls, and 324 fractures (out of which 135 were hip fractures) occurred over two years. Participants supplied with more calcium and protein from dairy products were at 33% lesser risk for all fractures, 46% for hip fractures, and 11% for falls.
The study concluded increasing the intake of calcium and protein by consuming dairy products significantly reduces the risk of fractures common in aged care residents.
A Healthy Diet Means Better Health
Having a healthy, well-balanced diet can do wonders for our bodies, regardless of age. Besides eating right, you should consider taking supplements and vitamins to additionally boost your immune system and improve health. Talk to your healthcare provider about them.