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  2. Apr 14, 2023

Plant-Based Diets Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis in Older Adults

Older adults who eat a plant-based diet may reduce their risk of osteoporosis, according to a new study published in the journal Osteoporosis International. Researchers evaluated the diets of almost 10,000 adults over the age of 60 and took ultrasounds of their bones. People who ate a healthy plant-based diet had higher bone mineral density than those eating animal foods. This study also found a clear dose-response relationship, with healthier, plant-based diets being most protective against osteoporosis.1 

Previous research supports these findings. Eating a healthy, plant-based diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D has been found to protect against osteoporosis. The totality of evidence suggests that a plant-based diet is beneficial to bone health, not detrimental.2,3 


  1. Hu J, Li Y, Wang Z, et al. Association of plant-based dietary patterns with the risk of osteoporosis in community-dwelling adults over 60 years: a cross-sectional study. Osteoporos Int. Published online March 1, 2023. doi:10.1007/s00198-023-06700-2 
  2. Ghadiri M, Cheshmazar E, Shateri Z, et al. Healthy plant-based diet index as a determinant of bone mineral density in osteoporotic postmenopausal women: a case-control study. Front Nutr. 2023;9:1083685. doi:10.3389/fnut.2022.1083685 
  3. Hsu E. Plant-based diets and bone health: sorting through the evidence. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2020;27(4):248-252. doi:10.1097/MED.0000000000000552 

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