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De Souza featured in Healthline for prunes, bone loss research

According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, approximately 10 million Americans ages 50 and older have osteoporosis, a condition where bone mass and mineral density decrease, or bone quality or structure change. Women are four times more likely to develop the condition than men.

But a study led by Center for Women’s Health Researcher Mary Jane De Souza, PhD, professor of kinesiology, conducted a study to see whether eating prunes could prevent bone loss in postmenopausal women.

“Our latest research represents the largest trial, with a cohort of over 200 postmenopausal women, to investigate the connection between prunes and favorable bone health,” De Souza told Healthline.

According to De Souza, the researchers were not necessarily surprised by the current results given previous studies showing positive correlations between prune consumption and bone health.

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