Women with good vitamin E levels are less likely to have osteoporosis
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors measured vitamin E levels, diet, and bone mineral density in 232 postmenopausal women with or without osteoporosis. Because vitamin E depends on other lipids in the blood to be effectively absorbed, researchers looked at the ratio of vitamin E to circulating lipids.
Compared to women with healthy bone mineral density, women with osteoporosis had 17 percent less vitamin E compared to other circulating lipids. Doctors also found that, compared to women with the lowest levels, women with the highest circulating levels of vitamin E had healthy bone mineral density and were 32 percent less likely to develop osteoporosis.
Discussing their findings, doctors said that earlier lab studies found vitamin E helped maintain normal bone growth and formation, and that these results suggest that vitamin E may increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
Reference: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism; 2013, Vol. 31, No. 4, 455-60