The Ohio State University recently published a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Density. In it, they point to evidence that an anti-inflammatory diet may help women promote bone health as they age and possibly reduce the risk of debilitating fractures.
An anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, emphasizes plenty of healthy fats, leafy green veggies, low-sugar fruits, fish, whole grains, and nuts. Ohio State researchers say nutrition matters because bone density loss is common with age and often leads to a condition called osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, the bones become weaker, which increases the risk of fractures—most commonly to the hip, wrist, and spine.
Using data from the Women’s Health Initiative study, the research team discovered that high-inflammation diets were linked to an increased risk of fracture. Such diets, like the standard American diet (SAD), are dominated by heavily processed foods that contain high amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar, and sodium. However, women who followed low-inflammation diets saw less bone density loss.
“This suggests that as women age, healthy diets are impacting their bones,” said study author Tonya Orchard in a recent university news release. “I think this gives us yet another reason to support the recommendations for a healthy diet in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”