High Protein Diets: Are They Detrimental To Bone Health?

At one point in time scientists believed that high protein diets increased calcium excretion and thus negatively affected bone health. More recent research suggests otherwise. Net stores of bone calcium are not affected by high protein diets and can actually increase calcium absorption. Furthermore, lack of protein may even have detrimental consequences to bone health. A 2013 study discovered subjects with chronic low protein intake were at greater risk for more bone loss and lower bone density.