The Mediterranean Diet: Good for more than the waistline

Aging men and women can fight osteoporosis by consuming more olive oil, just as the Mediterranean diet calls for. A recent study shows consumption of a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil over a period of two years is associated with increased serum osteocalcin concentrations and other bone formation markers.

Studies even show that the incidence of osteoporosis is lower in the Mediterranean basin than in the rest of Europe. The traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and with a high intake of olives and olive oil, could be one of the environmental factors underlying this difference.