Increasing the level of magnesium in the blood can avoid the risks of bone fracture among senior citizens, suggests a new international study.
The risk of bone fracture is ever presented among old adults. As age steps up, the risks of disability due to bone fracture among seniors also ups. It is a natural life cycle process. However, use of protein and vitamin-rich diet and medications can prevent this menace to some extent. But the new study, carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Bristol, has come up with a more organic way to thwart this hazard – as they suggest the increased level of magnesium can keep elderly away from the bone fracture.
As suggested by the new study, led by academics at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland, Magnesium could hold the key to defend one of the most avoidable reasons of disability in middle-aged and older adults, as the higher level of magnesium can put off this risks. As highlighted by the study paper, both calcium and vitamin D play a pivotal role in ensuring complete bone health. However, despite these two components, Magnesium is also an essential nutrient for the bone health.
For the study, researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland involved a total of 2,245 middle-aged men and monitored them for more than a 20-year period. After observing and analysing their health factors, researchers found that people with lower blood levels of magnesium are more vulnerable to the higher risk of fractures, especially for hip fractures. Similarly, those with higher blood levels of magnesium are found to have 44% fewer possibilities of bone fracture. None of the 22 men who are spotted with high magnesium levels (more than 2.3 mg/dl) during the research period experienced any type of bone fracture, which is a definite confirmation that the standard of magnesium in the blood is deeply associated with the intensity of bone fracture risks.
Though earlier, there have been several suggestions stating that magnesium may have some beneficial effects on bone health, but no research, up to now, has been able to explicit the effect of magnesium on bone fractures. But the new study is the first-of-its-kind to show how magnesium can improve bone health and keep elderly away from the risks of bone fracture.