Anti-inflammatory diet can protect your bones
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 | Editor
Anti-inflammatory diet can protect your bones. New study findings.
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What is Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by low bone mass and increased fragility, putting patients at significantly higher risk of fractures, which are major causes of morbidity, especially in older people.
It gets much less attention than many other chronic health problems, yet the scary truth is that osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide – that’s an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds. And the disability due to osteoporosis is greater than that caused by cancers (with the exception of lung cancer).
In the UK alone, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer a fracture over the age of 501. And even more worrying is the news that this picture is set to get worse not better.
Osteoporosis was once considered to be a disease caused by a variety of endocrine, metabolic and mechanical factors, yet emerging evidence now suggests that inflammation may also have a significant role to play in the development of the disease. Understanding of the bone remodelling process has developed significantly in recent years and it is now clear that factors involved in inflammation are closely linked with those critical for bone health. Numerous pro-inflammatory cytokines have been implicated in the regulation of osteoblasts (bone building cells) and osteoclasts (cells that break down bone) and there is now plenty of scientific evidence that underpins the theory that inflammation is a significant contributory factor to the development and progression of osteoporosis.
Latest study findings
The latest study to investigate this link involved more than 160,000 postmenopausal women and was carried out by a team of researchers from Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Data was collected from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Observational Study and Clinical Trials and results were published recently in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
The main finding of the study was a significant link between bone density and dietary inflammatory index score (DII) - a measure of how inflammatory a diet is.
Especially significant given the size of the study group (more than 160,000 postmenopausal women), these results add further weight to the health benefits of consuming an anti-inflammatory diet. And whilst this type of diet may help to reduce your risk of osteoporosis or even slow disease progression; it’s also beneficial for many other aspects of your health too, since ongoing inflammation has been linked to many common chronic diseases in the Western world such as heart disease, some forms of cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.
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