How can my diet affect my risk of losing bone density?

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Excessive sugar intake can increase kidney stone formation, a process which in turn leaches calcium from the bones. Too much sugar can also block absorption of magnesium and calcium, making them unavailable for the formation of bone cells.
Research has linked excess retinol, the fat-soluble form of vitamin A found in animal Foods (like meat), to increased risk of fracture. Instead of getting vitamin A—which is essential to the absorption of calcium—from animal sources, opt for beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A) from fresh fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupes; there’s no link between beta-carotene and fracture risk.
There’s mounting evidence indicating that both the amount and type of fat in the diet have an impact on bone health. In a 2006 review of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers looked at the relationship between dietary fat and bone-mineral density in the hip and found that higher saturated-fat intake was associated with lower bone-mineral density, particularly in men under the age of 50. Other studies have shown that fish oil, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil significantly reduce cytokine production and increase calcium absorption, bone calcium and bone density, but scientists say that further research is necessary to gather more evidence and determine the mechanism for this benefit.
Excessive alcohol intake can inhibit calcium absorption as well as bone formation. It can also generate so much acid that the body degrades bone tissue to neutralize the imbalance. Researchers have found osteoporotic fractures and reduced bone mass in a significant percentage of men with chronic alcoholism.

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