It has been known for a while that chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis will increase the risk for bone loss.

But what about chronic low grade inflammation?

There is now more and more evidence that low grade inflammation will also increase bone loss.

The authors of this paper state that the modern diet promotes inflammation and weight gain and will suppress osteoblastogenisis (Ilich JC, et al. 2014). Bone is constantly remodeled; osteoclasts will break down old bone, while osteoblasts will stimulate new bone formation.

As we get older there is a tendency to get more inflammatory, and this can increase the risk for osteoporosis (Ginaldi L, et al. 2005). Osteoporosis makes us more prone to fractures.

The good news is that you can do something to prevent this.

A huge study, which included 40,644 men and 34,947 women, with an average follow up time of 14.2 years, showed that the participants with zero fruit and vegetables intake had 88% higher rate of hip fracture compared with those consuming 5 servings per day (Byberg L, et al. 2015).

A high nutrient, low glycemic index diet can be very effective in lowering inflammation.

Learn to Eat:

Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.

Byberg L, Bellavia A, Orsini N, Wolk A, Michaëlsson K. Fruit and vegetable intake and risk of hip fracture: a cohort study of Swedish men and women. J Bone Miner Res. 2015 Jun;30(6):976-84. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2384.
Ginaldi L, Di Benedetto MC, De Martinis M. Osteoporosis, inflammation and ageing. Immun Ageing. 2005 Nov 4;2:14.
Ilich JZ, Kelly OJ, Kim Y, Spicer MT. Low-grade chronic inflammation perpetuated by modern diet as a promoter of obesity and osteoporosis. Arh Hig Rada Toksikol. 2014 Jun;65(2):139-48. doi: 10.2478/10004-1254-65-2014-2541.
  • Category: Inflammation
  • Author: Didrik Sopler
  • Published: 2020-03-28
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