Hip fractures are on the rise not just for the elderly, but for boomers. Does what you eat affect your chances of breaking a bone? According to very new research, yes, it does.
Scientists have found that those people who stick to a Mediterranean diet for all meals have lower incidence of hip fractures. What is a Mediterranean diet? Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, olive oil and fish, and using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour foods.
A massive study published in April 2018 followed 140,775 adults (116,176 women/24,599 men) who were 60 years and older from Europe and the US. Described as a “diverse population of elderly,” the research found that the more these people ate this diet, the fewer fractures they had. Risk was lowest among men and women with moderate and high adherence to the diet despite other variables such as falls that could potentially cause a break.
(Benetou V, Orfanos P, Feskanich D et al., “Mediterranean diet and hip fracture incidence among older adults: the CHANCES project.” Osteoporosis Int. 2018 Apr 14. WHO Collaborating Center for Nutrition and Health, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4517-6.)