Study Suggests Possible Link Between Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Bone Health

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Study Suggests Possible Link Between Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Bone Health

According to a study from Ohio State University, anti-inflammatory diet consumption advances to bone health and prevents fractures. Vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains are a rich source of anti-inflammatory diet. The recent study assessed the possible link between fewer hip fractures among postmenopausal women aged b below 63. This study is published in the Journal of Bone and Medical Research.

In the above study, Tonya Orchard, an assistant professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and her team examined dietary data collected from 160 and 191 participants from the Women’s Health Initiative to compare levels of inflammatory elements in the participant’s diets in relation to bone mineral density and fractures.

Fracture data, as well as bone mineral density data, was collected for the entire study group, but only bone-mineral-density data was used by researchers from a subset of 10,290 women. Then inflammation scores were calculated and assigned by using scoring system termed as Dietary Inflammatory Index, based on 32 food components that women consumed in 3 months prior to their enrollment in the study. It was reported that women with the least-inflammatory diets lose less bone density during the 6-year follow-up period as compared to others who consumed the most inflammatory diets. This correlation was found only between high-inflammatory diets and fracture risk occurring in younger white women. In Caucasian women younger than 63 higher scores were related to 50% higher risk of hip fracture as compared with women with the lowest inflammatory scores.

Orchard proclaimed that “This suggests that as women age, healthy diets are impacting their bones. I think this gives us yet another reason to support the recommendations for a healthy diet in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans”.

According to Rebecca Jackson, the senior author of the study, director of Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and National Chairperson of the Women’s Health Initiative steering committee, “This study supports a growing body of evidence that factors that increase inflammation may increase one’s risk for osteoporosis. 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”.

Results conclude that to minimize the hip fracture risk in younger women, a less inflammatory and high -quality diet should be recommended.


Ohio State University

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Study Suggests Possible Link Between Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Bone Health


Rebecca Jackson, Tonya Orchard et al.

Exploratory, Anti-inflammatory diet, Bone Health, Fractures
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