Eating more protein may lower hip fracture risk in women

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Hip fractures can have severe consequences, leading to chronic illnesses, loss of independence, and increased mortality rates.

In a study conducted by the University of Leeds, researchers discovered that women can potentially lower their risk of hip fractures by increasing their protein intake and regularly consuming tea or coffee.

These findings shed light on dietary factors that may contribute to reducing the incidence of hip fractures, particularly in underweight women.

The study analyzed data from over 26,000 women and examined the relationship between food and nutrient intake and the risk of hip fractures.

The researchers observed that for women, a daily increase of 25 grams of protein was associated with an average 14% reduction in hip fracture risk.

Additionally, every additional cup of tea or coffee consumed was linked to a 4% reduction in risk.

Notably, the protective effects of protein and tea/coffee consumption were more significant among underweight women, with a 25-gram increase in protein intake associated with a remarkable 45% reduction in hip fracture risk.

The researchers emphasized that protein sources could vary, including meat, dairy, eggs, beans, nuts, legumes, and tofu.

For instance, three to four eggs, a steak or salmon, or 100 grams of tofu could provide around 25 grams of protein.

Only a small percentage of the women in the study group experienced hip fractures, indicating the importance of preventive measures.

The study highlights the role of diet in promoting bone health and reducing the risk of hip fractures.

Increasing protein intake, along with regular consumption of tea or coffee, emerges as a potential approach for women to protect themselves and maintain healthy bones and muscles.

These findings are particularly relevant for underweight women who may face greater challenges with reduced bone mineral density and muscle mass.

While this study sheds light on the association between diet and hip fracture risk, it is important to note that further research is needed to fully understand the underlying mechanisms and establish comprehensive dietary guidelines.

Individuals concerned about bone health should consult healthcare professionals for personalized advice.

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