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The Mediterranean diet prevents bone loss in osteoporosis
December 14th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

A European trial has found that following the Mediterranean diet may help to prevent bone loss among those with osteoporosis.

The study, which was lead by the university of Bologna, followed more than 1000 participants, aged 65-79 from five European countries for 12 months. They then found that of those who were randomly assigned to a Mediterranean diet, participants with osteoporosis saw a reduced rate of bone loss, compared to those who didn’t follow the diet. While there was some decline in bone density even for those following the diet – in the lunbar spine and in the whole body- there was also an equivalent in crease in bone density in the neck of the femur. At the start and end of the trial, blood samples were taken to check for circulating biomarkers.  Bone density was measured in over 600 participants across both groups at the lumbar spine and femoral neck. Of these participants, just under 10% were found to have osteoporosis at the start of the study.

Co-researcher from UEA, Dr Amy Jennings said: “Although this is a small number it is sufficient for the changes in femoral neck bone density between the two groups to be statistically significant”.

Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of conditions commonly affecting women and children, with a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions, as well as women’s hormonal concerns, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, and skin concerns. Yvette consults in South Yarra, Melbourne, as well as Australia-wide via skype/zoom/phone. 

Reference

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/108/3/633/5051862

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