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As we age our bones lose their density, but new research has found that there’s a way to help your bones stay strong for longer, and thereby reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis as you get older.
The key? Eating a Mediterranean diet that’s rich in anti-inflammatory food types. This includes fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
While it’s long been suspected that a Mediterranean diet can help you live a long and healthy life, there’s now scientific evidence to back it up.
Researchers in the US studied over 160,000 women in America over the course of six years, and discovered that those with a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods lost less bone density than those who ate the least amount of anti-inflammatory foods, the Express reported.
Professor Rebecca Jackson, co-author of the study, told the newspaper that because this research looked at the full diet rather than just individual nutrients, the data offers “a foundation for studying how components of the diet might interact to provide benefit and inform health and lifestyle choices”.
Those moving into apartments with care will still have control over their diet, so may want to consider following a more Mediterranean diet to help glean some of the health benefits.
Reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis isn’t the only advantage to eating these kinds of foods.
Forbes recently reported on another study into the advantages of this kind of eating regime, revealing that it also prevents the brain from shrinking as you age. Although this study didn’t look for any subsequent links with Alzheimer’s or dementia, so there is more to be discovered from this line of research.