High Homocysteine Levels Increase Fracture Risk in Elderly

Studies in Boston and The Netherlands, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that high level of homocysteine in elderly populations correlated with an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures.

According to the researchers, dietary intervention can help to manage homocysteine levels including consumption of folic acid and B-6 and B-12 vitamins, green leafy vegatables and whole grains.

The Boston study involved 2,043 patients aged 59-91, examining blood samples provided between 1979 and 1982, followed through 1998.

The study in the Netherlands examined 2,406 patients.

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