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Fatty Acid Intake Associated With Hip Fracture Risk In Postmenopausal Women

November 10, 2010: 04:35 AM EST

U.S. researchers studying the relationship between fatty acid intake and osteoporosis in women have found that saturated fatty acids increase the risk of hip fractures, while monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids decrease the risk. Participants in the study included more than 137,000 postmenopausal women who reported having hip fractures and ingesting omega-3 dietary supplements. Researchers were surprised to find that consuming higher levels of marine omega-3 fatty acids was associated with greater total fracture risk, but higher omega-6 intake was linked to a lower total fracture risk.

Tonya S. Orchard, Jane A Cauley, et al., "Fatty acid consumption and risk of fracture in the Women's Health Initiative", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 10, 2010, © American Society for Nutrition
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