Two common health concerns seem to have an association with each other and that is bone mineral density and the risk for myocardial infarction. This interesting study was conducted in Sweden and the participants were 6,872 men and women (Wiklund P, et al. 2011). Bone mineral density was measured for the total hip and also for the femoral neck, which is a common area of fractures. The average follow up time was 5.7 years.
The results showed that lower bone mineral density of both the total hip and the femoral neck was associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction for both men and women. These associations were not weakened after adjustments for smoking, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of fat in the blood) and diabetes.
We now have even one more reason to adjust our habits so it supports bone health. This can be done by eating foods that help reduce inflammation, exercise regularly and supplement with the most important minerals as well as vitamin D.