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Probiotics help preserve bone

In this first-ever human trial, probiotics reduced bone loss in older women.

In the study, 70 women age 75 to 80, with low bone mineral density, took the probiotic L. reuteri or a placebo daily for 12 months. Both groups lost bone, but compared to placebo, those taking probiotics had lost half as much bone, measured at the shinbone.

Doctors said earlier animal studies had found a probiotic bone benefit, but this first finding in older people “represents a paradigm shift,” where “treatment with probiotics can be an effective and safe way to prevent the onset of osteoporosis in many older people” who are most likely to have bone fracture.

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