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Saturated Fat Harms BMD


Saturated Fat Harms BMD

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.A higher intake of saturated fat may adversely impact bone mineral density (BMD), particularly in men, according to an analysis of data from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) III dietary intake survey. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition (136:159-65, 2006) (www.nutrition.org), researchers from Penn State assessed the relationship of dietary fat intake to hip BMD in 14,850 men and women; the models were adjusted for age, sex, weight, height, race, total energy and calcium intakes, smoking, and weight-bearing exercise. Saturated fat intake was negatively associated with BMD at several hip sites, with the greatest effects seen among men under the age of 50.

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