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Podcast / Inside Food science
Podcast / Inside Food science

What role can nutrition play in the health of your bones?

Fragile bones mean we are more likely to get fractures, but what role can the foods we eat play in helping us to keep our bones strong and healthy?

Osteoporotic or fragility fractures affect an awful lot of us, globally one-in-three women and one-in-five men who are older than 50.   

They can be very serious and severely impair quality of life.

We know nutrition can play a vital role here. It has long been known that protein, calcium and vitamin D are important elements in bone health. 

So in this episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, we look at the latest science, and ask: How do we get the right amounts of those nutrients at various stages in our lives?

We also investigate the role other factors can play, from magnesium to alcohol consumption and exercise.

We also look at how the food industry might learn from this and ask how we could innovate or reformulate to help improve the population’s bone health.

Professor Janet Cade, University of Leeds

Professor Janet Cade leads the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds.

She obtained her PhD from the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in Southampton under the guidance of David Barker.

Her main areas of research are nutritional epidemiology, development of new diet assessment methods (eg., and the relationship of diet to chronic disease development.

She serves on the UK Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT). An independent scientific committee that provides advice to the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health and other Government Departments and Agencies on matters concerning the toxicity of chemicals.

She has published over 300 papers, abstracts and book chapters and generated over £6 million in research income (the majority as PI).

She was the first Registrar for the Association for Nutrition, the professional body for nutritionists. Protecting the public and promoting high standards in evidence-based science and the professional practice of nutrition.

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