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Excess Salt May Weaken Bones

A diet that is high in sodium may increase a woman’s post-menopausal risk of breaking a bone, according to a Japanese study. A high-salt diet may increase excretion of calcium in urine. This causes calcium to be leached from bone, which can contribute to bone loss and may increase risk of fracture. The study found that women who ate the most sodium had four times the risk of fracture at any site other than the spine. Protect your bones by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, and talk with your healthcare professional or pharmacist about getting enough calcium and vitamin D.

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