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Women: Reduce Your Risk of Bone Loss With This Diet

It is common knowledge that your diet is an important factor in maintaining optimal bone health.

Consuming adequate amounts of calcium and other bone-building minerals is critical for building strong bones.

But as more research is published, it is becoming increasingly clear that diet may be an even more important factor in bone health than most people realize.

The Research

Researchers from Ohio State University published an interesting study on this topic in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

What the OSU researchers discovered is intriguing new associations that can be drawn between diet and bone health. The study was led by assistant professor of human nutrition, Tonya Orchard. Her team examined data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of postmenopausal women's health in U.S. history.

Bone mineral density of the subjects was compared to the inflammatory components of the women’s diets. This was determined based on the Dietary Inflammatory Index.

The Results

What the researchers found is that during the six year follow-up period of the WHI, the women with the least-inflammatory diets lost less bone density than those with the most-inflammatory diets.

According to Orchard, “This suggests that as women age, healthy diets are impacting their bones.” These findings bolster the already existing evidence that a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods such as healthy fats, fresh vegetables, and whole grains can benefit bone health in women.

The study’s senior author, Rebecca Jackson, explains that "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."

Previous studies have drawn correlations between inflammatory markers in the blood of the elderly and increased risk of bone loss and fracture. These studies are what inspired Orchard and her colleagues to investigate the link between bone health and diet since diet is known as one of the most powerful contributors to inflammation.

The Women's Health Inititative

The WHI research focused on women who were 50-79 years of age at time of enrollment. the study ran from 1993-1998.

Orchard’s research team looked at the data of 160,191 women. The researchers assessed the data on these women based on 32 dietary components that they reportedly to consumed within 3 months prior to enrollment.

One interesting finding was that many of the women who consumed a diet that was considered less inflammatory actually had lower bone density at the onset of the study, but overall lost less bone density through the course of the study period. One possible explanation is that the women with the less inflammatory diets also have less body mass. The women with more inflammatory diets have more body mass and therefore more bone density to compensate for the extra weight.

Orchard added that "these 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.”

It looks like this is one more piece of evidence that an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fresh vegetables and healthy fats is a smart move if you want to maintain strong and healthy bones.

Diet is Not Enough

While it certainly is very important to eat a bone building diet, it can actually be really hard to make sure you get all of the right nutrients in the right ratios from just food alone.

This is why supplementation with key nutrients is so important for bone health.

Dr. Charles Price developed the Silical System formula specifically to provide the body with the most important vitamins and minerals for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

If you want to experience the benefits of better bone health, then pick up your Silical System today!

References

  1. https://news.osu.edu/anti-inflammatory-diet-could-reduce-risk-of-bone-loss-in-women/
  2. https://www.nutritioninsight.com/news/new-study-reveals-reduced-risk-of-bone-loss-with-anti-inflammatory-diet.html
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