Carotenoids may help hip fracture in men
by Newsletter Editor
Carotenoids are the colorful antioxidant pigments in fruits and vegetables. Doctors in this study measured the diets of 63,257 adult Chinese men and women and followed up with them for 10 years. While there was no link to carotenoids and hip fracture in women, men who got the most carotenoids were 26 percent less likely to have a hip fracture compared to men who got the least carotenoids.
Doctors also looked at men with low body mass index (BMI) scores, because those who are too thin—particularly older men—may be more prone to osteoporosis. Doctors found men with the lowest BMI scores had the greatest benefit: those who got the most carotenoids were 39 percent less likely to have a hip fracture.
Discussing their findings, doctors said that the antioxidant effect from carotenoids may counteract the tendency for underweight older men to develop osteoporosis, and that osteoporotic fractures may decrease in older men who get the most carotenoids.
Reference: J Bone Miner Res. 2013 Jul 16