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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Fruits & Veggies vs Low Trauma Fracture Risk
I've started 2011 by reviewing a series of studies looking at how what we eat affects us. In this particular retrospective cohort study of 1649 men & 3539 women followed for over 6 1/2 years. Based upon recall (again fraught w/error), 2 dietary patterns emerged, one that was nutrient dense, consisting of large amounts of fruits, vegetables & whole grains, versus one that was energy dense, consisting of soft drinks, potato chips, French fries, meats & desserts. Even after accounting for body mass index, bone mineral density, falls & other demographic variables, the nutrient dense dietary pattern was associated with 14-17% lower risk of low trauma fracture, a euphemism for osteoporotic fracture. So choose wisely. You are what you eat and you don't want to break anything!