Study: Diet May Reduce Bone Loss, Fracture Risk
As we age, we lose bone mass and our risk for osteoporosis and fractures increases. Postmenopausal women are at the highest risk, but men also experience bone loss. Results of a new study show a link between nutrition and osteoporosis—thinning bones.
The study involved more than 160,000 women with an average age of 63 who did not have a history of hip fracture related to osteoporosis. Researchers collected information using bone mineral density (BMD) and the dietary inflammatory index (DII)—a tool used to assess diet quality based on inflammatory potential—and followed the study participants for six years.
According to researchers, a higher score on the DII corresponded with a significantly higher risk for hip fracture—almost 50 percent higher—in white women under the age of 63. These findings suggest that an anti-inflammatory diet high in fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, and whole grains is especially important to prevent bone loss in younger Caucasian women.
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