I read an interesting article yesterday, about a study which showed that Spanish people have stronger bones and lower fracture rates, despite lower bone density, compared to Norwegians! Which just goes to show that bone density isn't the whole story! See sciencedaily.com/releases/2...
Difference between bone density and bone strength - Bone Health
Makes sense. There are variations in standards for some countries, so a small-framed resident of India is not judged by the same standards as a larger Scandinavian, for example. It would be helpful if there was a way to factor in more variables when we are being measured. Recently discovered that I am "small-framed" which surely shouldn't count against me when bone density is being calculated?
I bet Spaniards get more sun and vitamin D than Norwegians! And there may be dietary differences, too, which are helpful.
We were told by a Fracture Liaison nurse at our last OP branch meeting that a Mediterranean diet is recommended although this particular diet can vary depending on where one lives. Perhaps this may have something to do with Spanish people having lower fracture rates and stronger bones compared to Norwegians or help towards it plus sunnier weather so probably higher Vitamin D levels .......
Very interesting. Although genetics will be involved, I would assume vit D / climate, would be an important factor.
We already know that bone strength and flexibility is influenced by the status of the collagen bone matrix, which requires quality protein for its repair and renewal, as do muscles. It would be interesting to closely compare the two diets.
Also their levels of activity. If we have more snow and ice in the U.K. I for one wouldn’t be so keen on walking in winter. Too much risk of falling and breaking more bones. Thanks for posting.