Mediterranean diet and bone mineral density in two age groups of women

Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2013 Mar;64(2):155-61. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2012.718743. Epub 2012 Sep 5.


We hypothesized that adherence to the Mediterranean diet measured as a Mediterranean diet score (MDS) has a beneficial effect on bone mineral density (BMD). For the purposes of this study, a sample of healthy women from Southern Spain was chosen. Subjects were grouped into two major groups: a first group consisted of women of reproductive age (premenopausal, pre-M) and a second group consisted of postmenopausal women (pos-M). The consumption of vegetables and fruit was found to be significantly related to BMD in both groups of subjects studied. In the pre-M group, the lipid ratio was positively associated with BMD and in pos-M women nuts intake was also associated with BMD. After implementing the analysis of covariance analysis, significant linear trends between the MDS and BMD were observed in all subjects studied. Our results indicate that a varied diet based on Mediterranean diet patterns may be beneficial in the prevention of osteoporosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Bone Density / physiology*
  • Diet, Mediterranean*
  • Dietary Fats
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Nuts
  • Osteoporosis / prevention & control*
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / prevention & control*
  • Postmenopause
  • Premenopause
  • Spain
  • Vegetables


  • Dietary Fats