Magnesium strengthens bone in older adults

Doctors in this Norwegian study measured the amount of trace minerals in the water supply and then compared magnesium levels in the water to the number of hip fractures over a seven-year period in 700,000 men and women aged 50 to 85.

Levels of magnesium in the water supply were generally low, but in areas where magnesium was higher, researchers saw fewer hip fractures in both men and women. While hip fractures are a major health issue in Norway, the results suggest adding magnesium to the diet could help protect against hip fracture in older populations. 

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