Bones weaken as people age, but high consumption of salt may speed up the process and lead to nonvertebral fracture (bone fracture with the exception of the spine), according to a study featured on Medical News Today.

Researchers led by Dr. Kiyoko Nawata studied 213 postmenopausal women with an average age of 63 years old. They underwent bone density scanning and blood tests, and were surveyed about their diet. Existing nonvertebral fractures were also taken into account.

Based on the results, the participants consumed an average of 5,211 milligrams (mg) of salt; those with the highest rankings consumed 7,561 mg in a day and were 4.1 times more likely to have an existing nonvertebral fracture than those who only took moderate amounts.

"Excessive sodium intake appears to be a risk factor for bone fragility. It is therefore important to consider excessive sodium intake in dietary therapy for osteoporosis," reminds Nawata.

(Photo by Dubravko Soric via Flickr Creative Commons)

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