How to protect skeletons of older women? Probiotics may work!

Probiotics to protect skeletons of older women

It was first affirmed that probiotics supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the women skeleton. A related study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden is under way to determine the role of probiotics in women bone loss. Women who received probiotics lose bone far more slowly, compared to women who received only a placebo. The research throws new light to prevent fractures among the elderly.


Objective: Osteoporosis is characterized by a decrease in bone mass as well as a deterioration of the bone architecture resulting in an increased risk of fracture. Women, especially after menopause, are more vulnerable to bone loss than men. Osteoporosis is a commonly disease happened in elderly women(over 80 years of age)

"Today there are effective medications administered to treat osteoporosis, but because bone fragility is rarely detected before the first fracture, there is a pressing need for preventive treatments," says Mattias Lorentzon, who is a chief physician and professor of geriatrics at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

This is the first time that researchers have shown that it is possible to cut age-related bone loss in elderly women in half if they receive health-promoting bacteria, known as probiotics.


The study was conducted at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Mölndal, Sweden, and its results of the study are now being published by the Journal of Internal Medicine. Ninety elderly women, 76 years old on average, ingested a powder that contained either health-promoting bacteria or a placebo every day for a whole year. A random method determined which women received the active treatment with the Lactobacillus reuteri 6475 bacteria and which received powder without bacteria. Neither the researchers nor the women knew who received the active powder during the study.


The discovery could have important implications in the future: "Older women are the group in society most at risk of osteoporosis and fractures. The fact that we have been able to show that treatment with probiotics can affect bone loss represents a paradigm shift. Treatment with probiotics can be an effective and safe way to prevent the onset of osteoporosis in many older people in the future," says Mattias Lorentzon.

Source: Science Daily
Original title: Probiotics can protect the skeletons of older women
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