Pilot Study Explores Veganism and Bone Health
Are vegans at higher risk of bone fractures than omnivores? That’s the question posed by a recent cross-sectional observational pilot study6 on healthy adults aged 32 to 46.
The subjects had been following either a vegan diet (n = 36) or an omnivorous diet (n = 36) for at least one year and were assessed for bone mineral density via calcaneal quantitative ultrasound, plus blood and urine concentrations of nutrients like calcium and vitamin K1.
The vegan group had lower levels of calcium, lysine, zinc, and vitamins A and B2, while the omnivore group had lower levels of vitamin K1, folate, and glutamine.Kriti Chaudhary, head of business development for Vedic Lifesciences (Mumbai, India), says this pilot study warrants further research on whether veganism affects bone health.