Meat eaters have fewer bone fractures, research finds

People who include animal protein in their diets are less likely to suffer from bone fractures, according to new research.

Based on data involving nearly 55,000 people, the study found vegans are more than twice as likely to have broken a hip. Vegetarians and those who consume fish had a smaller but still elevated risk of about 25%.

Vegans — those that abstain from any products derived from animals including milk and other dairy products — also had a higher incidence of broken legs, arms, wrists, ribs and clavicle, researchers found.

“Vegans had a higher risk of total fractures which resulted in close to 20 more cases per 1,000 people over a 10-year period compared to people who ate meat,” stated Tammy Tong, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Nuffield Department of Population Health and lead author of the findings, published in BMC Medicine.

The participants in the EPIC-Oxford study were tracked for 18 years on average. Prior research on the same group found vegetarians to have a lower risk of cancer and heart disease.

By Kate Gibson on 11/26/2020

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