According to a new study eating a healthy diet is linked to a low risk for hip fracture in American women. Worldwide, there are an estimated 8.9 million osteoporosis related fractures each year. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will 1 in 5 men aged over 50. Today in America the 44 million people with either osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55 percent of the people aged 50 and older in the United States. Osteoporosis and the fractures it can cause is a major worldwide public health issue. Results from a study, such as this one, can have a huge impact in reversing the trend and help improve the lives of many women in the world.
Researchers analyzed several decades worth of dietary and health data for more than 100,000 U.S. men and women. They found that women who scored highest on the American Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI) scale were about 13% less likely to experience a hip fracture than those whose diets over time scored lowest on that quality measure. The AHEI has been found through various studies to be a valid and reliable measure of diet quality. When we are eating a good quality diet, we are feeding our bodies all it needs to function properly. This includes storing away minerals in our bones to improve density and strength.
Strength training plays a significant role in our bodies ability to function properly which includes building bone density. Activity is very important for health but so is the right type of nutrition. As we get older, if we want to keep a high quality of life it is vital to exercise and eat healthy. By doing so we can avoid, or at least limit, the likelihood of developing a number of serious conditions like osteoporosis. Need help in understanding where to start? We can help with that, either through our BStrong4Life system or providing education on nutrition through our Healthy Heart Through Paleo workshop.