The Mediterranean diet has nothing more to prove, apparently. It has already been proved to help in the management of diabetes, the protection of the heart, and the reduction of the risk of cancer and chronic diseases. However, a new study reveals that the Mediterranean diet protects postmenopausal women from osteoporosis, too.
The study was presented at ENDO 2018, the annual congress of the American Society of Endocrinology, in Chicago, in the USA.
Mediterranean diet is beneficial for weight control, cardiovascular health, and to increase longevity
Because it is mainly based on fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains, fish, and so on, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and Omega healthy fatty acids.
The combination of these elements is very beneficial for our health because it is maintaining a healthy weight, protecting against cardiovascular diseases, and slowing down the aging process at cells levels.
Besides, adopting a Mediterranean diet seems to also be beneficial in reducing the risks of bone density and muscle mass loss, characteristics of the menopause in women, that can lead to bone fractures and osteoporosis.
The Mediterranean diet protects postmenopausal women from osteoporosis
Researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, have monitored more than 100 postmenopausal women, aged around 55, to analyze the impact of the Mediterranean diet on the risks of osteoporosis development.
The participants were exposed to several bone scans to measure the bones density and to allow researchers to approximate the skeletal muscle mass. The participants in this study were also have been also asked to complete detailed questionnaires regarding their eating habits.
The researchers have found that this diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, seeds, whole grains, seeds, fish, while it is low in saturated fat, red meat, and dairy products, may indeed be beneficial in lowering the risks of developing osteoporosis.
“Postmenopausal women, especially those with low bone density, should ask their doctor if this type of diet could benefit them,” concludes Thais Rasia Silva, the leading author of the study.
Therefore, the Mediterranean diet protects postmenopausal women from osteoporosis.