Mediterranean Diet Could Boost Bone Health, Study Says

Sticking to a Mediterranean-style diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish, vegetables and fruits could improve your bone health and help stave off osteoporosis in old age, ABC News reported Aug. 15.

A group of elderly Spanish men who followed a Mediterranean diet had higher levels of an important protein marker for bone growth called osteocalcin than those who followed a Western-style diet, a new study shows. This could lead to improved bone density and fewer fractures in old age, though further research is necessary, the study authors say.

Previous studies have linked Mediterranean-style diets to to lower levels of heart disease and diabetes, as well as better brain health and greater longevity.

The findings are “more evidence that what is good for health in one way, tends to be good for health overall,” says David Katz, M.D., director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.

The study appears online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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