Hip fractures are a major public health concern in Canada, costing nearly $1 billion dollars in health care annually.
For the injured, the personal cost can be tragically high, too. A hip fracture almost invariably requires surgery and extensive rehab. 22% of women and 33% of men die within the year following a hip fracture, and many who had previously lived independently have no choice but to enter nursing home care.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! A study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was just released documenting what we’ve known about magnesium for years: it’s absolutely essential for bone strength. In this particular study, researchers looked at the relationship between magnesium and hip fractures and found that this super-mineral is super-protective.
Norwegian researchers found lower rates of hip fracture in areas with a higher concentration of magnesium in the water supply. Interestingly, no protective effect was found for calcium in the water.
Why might that be?
Magnesium is needed to convert vitamin D into its active form, enabling, in turn, calcium absorption. Without adequate magnesium, vitamin D supplementation can be harmful. It can drain magnesium from the muscles, causing cramps, restless legs and other symptoms of deficiency.
Likewise, too much calcium without magnesium can result in osteoporosis, some types of arthritis, heart attack and kidney stones. Magnesium draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues into the bones, where it’s needed, and away from the areas where an excess is harmful.
It’s not that calcium and vitamin D aren’t needed, it’s just that without adequate magnesium they are rendered ineffective, or worse.
In Canada, levels of magnesium in the water are too low to significantly help meet our recommended daily requirements. The good news is that with a magnesium-rich diet and smart supplementation we can strengthen bones and prevent hip fractures.
Choose either Natural Calm Magnesium powder, or Calm Plus Calcium if you aren’t already getting enough calcium in your diet.