Menopause is the ceasing of the monthly menstruation cycle and the end of female fertility.
Menopause, with its decline in estrogen level , speeds a women’s loss of bone mass, increasing her risk of bone thinning disease osteoporosis and broken bones. Menopause and aging also reduces muscle mass. Decline in skeletal muscle mass and strength in older people are major contributors to increased illness, reduced quality of life and higher death rates.
The Mediterranean diet has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and certain other chronic diseases.
A new study of post menopausal women in Brazil finds that a Mediterranean diet is also beneficial for an older women’s bones and muscles. The researchers reported finding higher bone mass and muscle mass in postmenopausal women who adhered to a Mediterranean diet than those who did not. This way of eating involves a high intake of fruits and vegetables, grains, potatoes, olive oil and seeds; moderately high fish intake; low saturated fat, diary and red meat consumption; & regular but moderate drinking of Red wine.
Mediterranean diet could be useful as nonmedical strategy for the prevention of osteoporosis and fractures in postmenopausal women.
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