study

Plant-based diets improve health, strengthen bones, lower hip fracture incidence


Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement

Delicious
(NaturalNews) A diet high in plant foods could reduce the risk of hip fractures and prevent chronic diseases, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and published in the Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers focused on hip fractures, which account for the majority of all fracture-related morbidity, mortality and healthcare expenditures in adults over the age of 50. By 2050, 50 percent of all hip fractures worldwide are expected to occur in Asia, with the population of Singapore considered at an especially high risk.

Vegetables, fruit and soy better than meat and noodles

The researchers examined the lifestyle and diet of 63,257 men and women taking part in the Singapore Chinese Health Study, a long-term study of chronic disease risk factors in ethnically Chinese people living in Singapore. Other findings from the study have shown that drinking coffee lowers the risk of liver cancer and that eating Western fast food increases the risk of dying from heart disease.

For the current study, researchers looked only at participants from the Hokkien and Cantonese dialect groups. Participants enrolled in the study between 1993 and 1998 at the ages of 45 to 74 and were followed through December 2010.

The researchers identified two major eating patterns: one was rich in vegetables, fruits and soy, and the other high in red meat, processed meat and refined, starchy foods.

After adjusting for other risk factors such as age, body mass index and smoking, the researchers found that the 20 percent of participants who most closely adhered to the vegetable-based pattern were 34 percent less likely to suffer hip fractures than the 20 percent who adhered to the diet least closely.

"In our study, factors such as age, gender, body weight, level of education and smoking habit, which may be different in distribution among different ethnic groups, did not modify the effect of diet on hip fracture risk," wrote associate professor Koh Woon Puay, who led the study.

Although the study was restricted to ethnically Chinese adults, the researchers believe that the findings should apply to other ethnic groups as well. Associate professor Koh noted that studies in Europe and the United States have also shown that diets high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains increase bone strength and reduce fracture risk.

She said that the researchers plan to follow up with the study participants to better understand the effects of diet on aging.

"The mean age of surviving subjects in this cohort is now mid-70s," Koh said. "We are going to start a follow-up study of assessing their health in ageing to see how this is affected by the way they lived in their mid-life."

Vitamin K connection?

Although the Singapore study focused on overall diet quality rather than on any specific nutrient, other studies have suggested one potential reason that a diet rich in vegetables may be good for bone health: vitamin K, which is found in green, leafy vegetables.

One such study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012, found that vitamin K is essential in allowing bones to absorb osteocalcin, a protein that protects them from fractures. Although conventional medical advice focuses on calcium for bone health, research is now showing that the role of osteocalcin may be just as important in fracture prevention.

The long-term Rotterdam Study also found that people who consumed the most vitamin K not only had improved bone health but also lower rates of arterial calcification and arterial death. This may be because vitamin K helps move calcium out of the blood and into the bones, preventing it from forming obstructions in the blood vessels.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.todayonline.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.