Probiotics May Help Prevent Bone Loss in Older Women

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Researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have shown for the first time that probiotics – dietary supplements containing health-promoting bacteria – can promote bone health. Results of their study suggest that, compared to placebo, probiotics can cut bone loss rates by about half in older women.

For the double-blind, randomized study, 90 women, average age 76, were given either probiotics containing Lactobacillus reuteri 6475 bacteria or a placebo every day for one year. The researchers used computed tomography (CT scan) to measure bone loss in the women’s legs at the start of the study and again after the one year.

Women who took the probiotic experienced about 50 percent less bone loss than those who took the placebo, without additional side effects. Results of the study are to be published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Sourced from: University of Gothenburg