More vitamin E, less hip fracture

Doctors in this study measured vitamin E levels in 1,160 men and women, aged 65 to 79, who had had a hip fracture during an 11-year study follow-up period, and compared them to 1,434 men and women who participated in the same health study but who had not had a hip fracture during this time.

Compared to those with the lowest levels, those with the highest circulating vitamin E levels were 34 percent less likely to have had a hip fracture. Researchers also saw a linear relationship: as levels of circulating vitamin E increased, chances for hip fracture decreased.

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