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Dieticians should advise patients on diet to strengthen bones

Friday 3rd February 2017
Bone strength can be improved by following an anti-inflammatory diet, according to a new study. Image: Yulia_Davidovich via iStock
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Dieticians who come into contact with female osteoporosis patients or others who are at risk of regularly breaking bones may wish to advise them to make changes to their diet in order to improve their bone strength.

According to new research carried out by doctors at Ohio State University in the US, incorporating more foods known to have anti-inflammatory benefits into their diet could have significant benefits for patients with weak bone mineral density.

In an observational study that lasted for six years, doctors noted that women who followed a largely anti-inflammatory diet were less likely to lose bone density when compared to their female counterparts who regularly consumed more foods previously linked to increasing inflammation in the body.

What's more, this was even found to be the case for women who started the experiment with a lower overall bone density, which further highlights the potential bone strengthening benefits of a healthy diet.

Anti-inflammatory foods that could boost bone strength and subsequently prevent fractures and breaks include fruit, vegetables, fish and whole grains.

Another significant finding of the research was that post-menopausal women under the age of 63 were less likely to suffer hip fractures if they followed an anti-inflammatory diet over the long term.

Study author Rebecca Jackson explained: "By looking at the full diet rather than individual nutrients, these data provide a foundation for studying how components of the diet might interact to provide benefit and better inform women's health and lifestyle choices."

Tonya Orchard, lead author of the research paper, added: "Women with healthier diets didn't lose bone as quickly as those with high-inflammation diets, and this is important because after menopause, women see a drastic loss in bone density that contributes to fractures."

As a result, this is something that dieticians may wish to advise their female patients on in order to prevent future fractures or breaks.

Written by Martin Lambert

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