Certain fats may help prevent osteoporosis-related hip bone fractures

A new study suggests that different types of fats may help reduce the risk of hip fractures that are related to osteoporosis. The Toronto Sun reports that researchers used data from the Women's Health Initiative to study connections between the incidence of hip fractures and the type of fats that participants consume.

The results reveal that women who eat large quantities of saturated fats are at a 30 percent greater risk of suffering a hip fracture, compared to those who ate less. However, those who consumed monounsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fats had a 10 percent lower chance of fracturing their hip bone.

The researchers concluded that higher intake of saturated fats may be linked to reduced bone density in the hips, the news source reports.

These fats can be found primarily in red meat and whole milk dairy products, while olive and vegetable oils contain high levels of mono- and polyunsaturated fats.

Approximately 8 million women and 2 million men have osteoporosis in the U.S., according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Another 34 million Americans are estimated to have low bone mass and are at higher risk for the condition.