Potassium citrate may be effective at treating and preventing osteoporosis

According to a new study, potassium citrate may be effective for preventing and treating osteoporosis, The Times of India reports.

The Western diet creates an acidic environment in the body that removes calcium from bones and may contribute to the development of osteoporosis, according to the news source. Healthy adults who consume the standard U.S. diet can sustain a chronic, low-grade state of acidosis that worsens with age as kidney function declines, limiting urinary acid excretion.

Reto Krapf, of the University of Basel in Bruderholz, Switzerland and colleagues designed a study to see if daily alkali as potassium citrate supplement tablets might neutralize these effects.

Participants received either alkali as potassium citrate or a placebo every day for two years.

Bone density and high resolution computed tomography scans revealed that neutralizing diet-induced acid production with potassium citrate significantly and safely increased subjects' bone density versus a placebo.

"In addition, we discovered that bone architecture improved significantly, suggesting that not only bone mass, but also its quality was improved," said Krapf.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture. 
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