Posted on Jan 01, 2013, 9 a.m.
Higher dietary intake of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) associates with reduced risk of hip fracture, among women.
Previously, studies have investigated the role of B vitamins to maintain bone health. Z Dai, from National University of Singapore (Singapore), and colleagues analyzed data from 63,257 men and women, ages 45 to 74 years, enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health Study. The researchers found that those women with the highest quartile intake of Vitamin B6 (0.78-1.76 mg/1,000 kcal/day) had a 22 % reduction in hip fracture risk, as compared to women in the lowest quartile intake (0.37-0.61 mg/1,000 kcal/day). Dietary intakes of the other B vitamins of interest were not related to hip fracture risk; and no correlative effects were seen in men. The study authors conclude that: “Our findings suggest that maintaining adequate intake of pyridoxine may prevent osteoporotic fractures among elderly women.”
Dai Z, Wang R, Ang LW, Yuan JM, Koh WP. “Dietary B vitamin intake and risk of hip fracture: the Singapore Chinese Health Study.” Osteoporos Int. 2012 Dec 13.