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Study: Carrots Fight Osteoporosis

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:16 AM

Older men who eat fruits and vegetables rich in micronutrients, and keep their weight down, may be less likely to suffer hip fractures tied to osteoporosis, a new study suggests.
Past research has linked carotenoids — nutrients found in carrots, spinach, kale, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables that are converted to vitamin A in the body — can block tumor growth and reduce the spread of breast cancers. The new study, by researchers from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Ministry of Health, found the micronutrients are also key to strong and healthy bones.
For the study, the researchers examined the association between dietary antioxidant carotenoids and hip fracture risk in more than 63,000 elderly Chinese men and women between 1993 and 2010. Over the course of the study, 1,630 hip fractures were reported.
Men who had higher intakes of vegetables and of total carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, were far less likely to suffer fractures. The protective effect was also higher in lean men than those who were overweight.
But the findings, published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International and presented at a meeting of the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Hong Kong this week, indicated no similar pattern among women with whose diets were rich in vegetables or carotenoids.

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Men who eat carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables have been found to suffer fewer hip fractures.
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