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A joint Australian Vietnamese study investigated the links between the diet and bones of more than 2,700 people and discovered that vegetarians had 5% less dense bones than meat eaters, said lead researcher Tuan Nguyen.

Vegans, who refrain from eating all animal products, were mostly affected, with 6% weaker bones.

However, Nguyen found that there was “practically no difference” between the bone density of meat eaters and ovolactovegarians, who do not eat meat or seafood but include eggs and dairy in their diets.

“The results suggest that vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, are associated with lower bone mineral density,” Nguyen wrote in the study published in Thursday’s edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“But the magnitude of the association is clinically insignificant,” he added. As to whether vegetarians’ lower bone density is linked to an increased risk of fracture has yet to be determined, says Nguyen, who is from Sydney’s Garvan Institute for Medical Research and collaborated on the project with the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Given the rising number of vegetarians, roughly 5% (of people) in Western countries, and the widespread incidence of osteoporosis, the issue is worth resolving.” Nguyen said.
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