Could Selenium Reduce The Risk Of Osteoporosis? Let's Find Out In This New Study

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Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikUpdated at: Nov 28, 2019 10:07 IST
Could Selenium Reduce The Risk Of Osteoporosis? Let's Find Out In This New Study

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Osteoporosis that is, weakening of bones, is a problem that older people have to face more. After the age of 50, one in three women suffer from this problem and is more common to women than men. Statistics show that one in every three women and one in five men around the world are at risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means porous bones. That is a disease in, which the quality and density of bones decrease. Symptoms of osteoporosis usually do not appear early. Our bones are made up of many types of minerals besides calcium, phosphorus and protein. But with changing lifestyle and increasing age, these minerals start to decrease, due to which the density of bones get hampered. Significantly, according to the WHO, the fear of hip fracture in women is the same as that of breast cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer.

For mainly everything, diet plays a significant role in ensuring complete health and wellness. The bones require proper nutrition, which is only possible by taking a rich diet. In a recent study done in China, a relation between Selenium and Osteoporosis was established.


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Study On Selenium & Osteoporosis

Over time, the bones become weaker. To supplement the bones, it is essential to supplement the body with the required nutrients and minerals. One such mineral is selenium. This trace mineral is said to be present in various food items, including garlic, chicken, grains, red meat, etc. The latest research from the data collected from the Department of Health Examination Centre of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China establishes how this trace mineral can be a factor in controlling osteoporosis. The participants of this study were over the age of 40 out, of which 9.6 per cent of participants had osteoporosis. Out of these, 19.7 per cent were female, and 2.3 per cent were male participants who had osteoporosis. For the analysis, the participants were divided into a group of four. The differentiation was based on highest to lowest intake of selenium. Those with the most moderate intake of selenium had the highest risk of osteoporosis. Even after keeping aside factors like gender, age, and BMI of the participants, the relationship still held a substantial effect on the possibility of osteoporosis.


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The paper of the study discussed the effect of selenium on the risk of osteoporosis. This was established on how cytokines, the immune molecules, support the increase of osteoporosis. However, the study is still in its testing phase. The authors even established a link on how the selenium levels may differ in various food items and also depends on its preparation style.

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