Osteoporosis is silent bone loss. It does not have a specific symptom, and you usually get it late when a fracture has already occurred. One reasonably wonders if our eating habits could affect its degree of expression.
As the two-year Spanish study Predimed, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, has shown, people who consume more olive oil (at least 50 ml daily) following a Mediterranean diet have a higher concentration of osteocalcin in their blood. This hormone is an indicator of bone metabolism, i.e. bone strength. High levels of osteocalcin mean higher bone density. Conversely, low bone density can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of falling fractures, especially in the elderly.
Regarding women in particular, other studies have proven that a diet that includes daily olive oil, but a minimal amount of red meat, helps to maintain bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Scientists believe this is due to the antioxidants contained in olive oil, which justifies the smallest incidence of osteoporosis in the Mediterranean countries.
Therefore for a diet that will guarantee strong bones, even at an advanced age, prefer plenty of extra virgin olive oil!