According to a recent scholarly article (published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research on March 2013 by researchers from Ohio State University), researchers have found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women.

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Hip Fracture Risk Study

A large cohort study of 324 women, via the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), were enrolled from 1993 to 1998. During this time blood samples were taken to look at their PUFA status and the women were followed for 15 years. Following the completion of the study an analysis was done, the women who had fractured their hips were paired with those who hadn’t but were similar in other factors such as race, age, and hormone use.

The results of the study were interesting in that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the RBC’s correlated to a lower risk of having a hip fracture. Omega -3 fatty acids can be found as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from animal products and or from plant sources as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Some good plant sources include hazel nuts, butternuts and flaxseed oils. Animal sources have been found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and krill oil.

Another interesting conclusion found was as the ratio of omega -6 fatty acids increased to omega-3s the rate of hip fractures also increased along with it. Omega-6 is comprised of various fatty acids but linoleic acid is the most common in western diets and is found in soybeans, sunflower oil, avocados, and eggs.

“Inflammation is associated with an increased risk of bone loss and fractures, and omega-3 fatty acids are believed to reduce inflammation. So we asked if we would see fractures decrease in response to omega-3 intake,” stated the study’s senior author Rebecca Jackson, a professor of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Ohio State University. “One thing that was critically important was that we didn’t use self-report of food intake, because there can be errors with that. We looked directly at the exposure of the bone cell to the fatty acids, which is at the red blood cell level. Red blood cell levels also give an indication of long-term exposure to these fatty acids, which we took into account in looking for a preventive effect.”

According to the first author and assistant professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University responsible for the study; “Though it’s premature to make a nutrition recommendation based on this work, I do think this study adds a little more strength to current recommendations to include more omega-3s in the diet in the form of fish, and suggests that plant sources of omega-3 may be just as important for preventing hip fractures in women.”

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