An epidemiological study has revealed an increase in bone mineral density in women and men over 60 in less than one decade.
A new published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has yielded findings demonstrating that continued education and encouragement about dietary supplement consumption works! The authors analyzed data from one of the longest-running epidemiological studies into osteoporosis – the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study (DOES). This study includes more than 3,000 adults 60 and older who were tracked for several years in two time sets: 1988-1992 and 1999-2001.
The results showed a dramatic difference in bone health between the two cohorts. The latter group showed a 3% increase in bone mineral density from the previous cohort. And the latter group had a 45% reduction in hip fractures. This improved bone mineral density status reflects a more proactive mindset to utilize available tools and lifestyle adaptation to protect bone health during aging. Since 2013, one tool has gained tremendous global awareness – Vitamin K2 as MK-7 (as MenaQ7®).
The DOES substantiates a landmark three-year study in healthy menopausal women who consumed 180 mcg MenaQ7 or placebo daily. Results were remarkable: the researchers found a statistically significant reduction in the rate at which age-related bone mineral density and content were lost in femoral neck (hip) and lumbar spine.
Taken together, the 2013 study and the epidemiological findings create a powerful case for K2 to be a required nutrient to support bone health.