More vitamin E, fewer fractures in older adults

Bone fracture and osteoporosis may increase along with chronic oxidative stress, and vitamin E has antioxidant properties which may counteract this type of bone damage.

To test the theory, doctors in this study followed 14,738 older women for 19 years, and 1,138 older men for 12 years.  For women, those who got the least alpha tocopherol vitamin E in the diet were 86 percent more likely to have had a hip fracture over the 19-year follow-up period, while women who took alpha tocopherol supplements were 22 percent less likely. For men, those with low circulating levels of alpha tocopherol vitamin E were more than three times as likely to have had a hip fracture over the 12-year follow up period compared to men with higher levels of vitamin E.

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