Eating some vegetables may decrease risk for hip fracture

December 17, 2012

Topic: orthopaedic research

Eating some vegetables may decrease risk for hip fracture

Scientists from the National University of Singapore published new orthopaedic research revealing that carotenoid levels in the body may influence an elderly person's likelihood of experiencing a hip fracture.

Carotenoids are a group of hundreds of fat soluble nutrients that provide natural coloring for produce, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes, according to the University of Maryland. When consumed, the nutrients convert to vitamin A in the body. There are some studies that show carotenoids are important to health.

The investigators looked at the accumulated data from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which included information from more than 62,000 men and women, who were 45 years of age, regarding their risk for a hip fracture and their body mass indexes (BMIs). They discovered that older men who had lower BMIs had a higher risk for hip fractures, compared to women. In addition, males who consumed more vegetables and carotenoids were less likely to experience the injury than those who did not eat large amounts of produce.

The results were published in the journal Osteoporosis International.

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