Water And Osteoporosis: They Don’t Go Together

You’ve probably heard that water is good for you. It helps you stay hydrated and not dry up. And it will quench your thirst too.

But did you know that water can also help for osteoporosis?

bottle of water pouring into a glass


Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. This puts them at a risk, since they can fracture from just coughing or bending.

For a comprehensive understanding of osteoporosis, see this fact sheet from Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

Water and Osteoporosis

In a study published in The Lancet in 1985,1 researchers Olli Simonen and Ossi Laitinen compared people aged 50 and up across two towns in central Finland regarding femoral-neck fractures. Although, the towns were similar when it came to their economic structure, one town – Kuopio, had a much lower rate of bone fragility than the other.

The difference?

Drinking water.

While towns in Finland generally didn’t have fluoride in their drinking water (at least during the time of the study), one town did – Kuopio.

“The lower incidence of fracture in Kuopio suggests that fluoride is an essential mineral for the strengthening of bone tissue and that it is possible to reduce osteoporotic fracture incidence with the use of fluorides,” conclude the researchers.

Participants in the study were exposed to 1 mg/1 of fluoride from seven to seventeen years, but the researchers cite a previous study claiming the same results with less exposure too.

Yup. Water and osteoporosis don’t seem to go together. So drink more water and your bones may reward you.

Will you change your water intake based on this?

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1 Simonen, Olli, and Ossi Laitinen. “Does fluoridation of drinking-water prevent bone fragility and osteoporosis?.” The Lancet 326, no. 8452 (1985): 432-434.

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