According to orthopaedic experts, diet can reduce risk of bone fractures

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by Liz Bonis, WKRC

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Local healthcare providers are shifting their focus to help prevent bone loss. It could reduce a person’s risk of fractures.

OrthoCincy has a team dedicated to preserving a person’s bones for life, and a new study says diet could make a difference.

The study says a diet that promotes inflammation in the body can soften a person’s bones over time. The diet tends to be high in processed foods, fried foods, and fatty foods, but low in plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Researchers in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism studied women ages of 35 to 54. They found a person’s diet can make a difference in long-term risk for fractures or bone breaks.

OrthoCincy bone specialist Dr. Howard Schertzinger recently shared his passion for preventing bone loss.

“We here have a structured bone health clinic here, how does that work? So, patients are referred through their doctor or partners, often through fractures, hip fractures, wrist fractures, and then we do x-rays, ask 8 standard questions in terms of introduction, and then I generally look at their DEXA scan, their labs, and then develop a plan for them in terms of their osteoporosis,” Schertzinger said.

The study found a nearly 28% increase in fracture risk for those who ate a processed food, pro-inflammatory diet. Researchers studied 1,559 women from across the nation in the study.

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