2009-05-01 Vegan diet not linked to bone loss


(Reuters Health) - Postmenopausal vegans and meat-eaters may have similar bone density, despite vegans' lower calcium and protein intake, a small study suggests.

Vegan diets are free of all animal products, including eggs and dairy; one concern has been that female vegans might not get enough of certain nutrients, including calcium, to maintain a healthy bone mass.

However, in the new study, researchers found that Buddhist nuns -- who follow a strict vegan diet free of all animal products -- had bone mass that was comparable to women their age who ate meat.(Read entire article)

2009-04-17 Vegan Buddhist Nuns Have Same Bone Density As Non-Vegetarians



A study comparing the bone health of 105 post-menopausal vegan Buddhist nuns and 105 non-vegetarian women, matched in every other physical respect, has produced a surprising result. Their bone density was identical.


The study was led by Professor Tuan Nguyen from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He collaborated with Dr Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from the Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Their findings are now published online in Osteoporosis International. (Read entire article)