How to Prevent Fractures in Old Age? Keep Your Magnesium Levels in Check

With old age, come several risk – weak bone and fractures being one of them. The hip, the thigh bone, spine and the pelvis are most commonly affected in case of old age fractures. A new study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, suggests that people who lack magnesium in their diet may be at a higher risk of fractures. Moreover, men may be more prone to fractures, especially fractures of the hip region.

Magnesium is an important nutrient essential for a healthy life and is known to fight chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia along with several age-related problems. According to this new study, magnesium plays an important role in preventing bone fractures in men which is one of the most preventable causes of disability in the elderly population.

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Eastern Finland followed 2,245 middle-aged men over a 20-year period. Their results indicate that men with lower blood levels of magnesium had an increased risk of fractures, particularly fractures of the hip. Moreover, the risk of having a fracture was reduced by 44 percent in men with higher blood levels of magnesium.