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J Am Coll Nutr. 1996 Dec;15(6):575-8.

Age considerations in nutrient needs for bone health: older adults.

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Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 68178, USA.


Current knowledge of the relation between nutrition and bone health in the elderly is sufficient, if applied, to lead to a reduction in fractures in the aged of from 30-60%. The critical nutrients are calcium and vitamin D, and possibly phosphate as well. Additionally, nutritional measures, especially protein repletion, dramatically improve outcomes from hip fracture. Fortunately the indicated interventions have a favorable cost-benefit relationship, especially when skim milk is used as the source of the needed nutrients.

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