New Research on Fighting What Makes Our Bones and Muscles Old
Thursday, April 7, 2022

by Liz Bonis, WKRC

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The right workout and the right diet can help keep your muscles and bones strong for life.

A new study now shows a direct link between biological breakdown of the body, or getting old, as we call it, and good food. Researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found people who ate more fresh foods and better fats, and fewer processed foods, were more than twice as likely not to become frail over 12 years, compared to those who didn’t eat this way.

Researchers followed 1,701 adults, and found those who ate the most fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats, such as olive oil, had the lowest risk of frailty. This was marked by fatigue and low muscle strength, both of which increase the odds of falling. Researchers say these foods help because they contain nutrients that work against aging, known as antioxidants, and natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Of course, the other thing that makes a difference is keeping those muscles strong and properly rebuilding them after an injury.

“Well, we have some certain interventions we can do that can allow patients to get back to work, back to sports, and back to different activities quicker,” said Dr. Robert Rhoad, an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoCincy. “Sometimes, just because of the techniques, sometimes just because of the way they do rehab, it depends on the injury, but we definitely are focused on getting people back to their needs in a quicker way, more comfortably.”

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