Mediterranean Diet Helps Women Boost Bone Density and Muscle Mass at Their Postmenopausal Phase

Mediterranean diet helps women boost bone density and also muscle mass during the period of postmenopausal phase, according to the recent observational research.

women sticking to Mediterranean diet, though they don’t belong to the Mediterranean regions have been found with having much higher bone mineral density, especially the lumbar spine (1.076 ± 0.149 versus 0.997 ± 0.143 g/cm2, P=0.007), suggest a leading author of the study Thaís Rasia Silva, PhD.

Leading author of the study, Thais Rasia Silva, PhD from the Gynecological Endocrinology Unit of the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre in Brazil said in a statement that, “We found that the Mediterranean diet could be a useful nonmedical strategy for the prevention of osteoporosis and fractures in postmenopausal women.”


Research findings were disclosed on March 19 during the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society – ENDO 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The team of researchers observed 103 Brazilian women with an average age of 55 years old, who had already suffered from the menopause nearly five and a half years ago.

“More studies are necessary to clarify the effect of Mediterranean diet on body composition,” Silva added, “In the meantime; the emerging evidence suggests that the Mediterranean diet combined with other healthy lifestyle habits may be a useful non-pharmacological strategy for the primary prevention of osteoporosis and fractures in women after menopause.”

The participated women were diagnosed for the bone mineral density test along with their appendicular lean mass, an estimated skeletal muscle mass and body fat. Each of the participants was wearing a pedometer device continuously for six days in order to track their physical activity.


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