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Associations of dietary patterns with bone density and fractures in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis


Nguyen, HH and Wu, F and Makin, JK and Oddy, WH and Wills, K and Jones, G and Winzenberg, T, Associations of dietary patterns with bone density and fractures in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Australian Journal of General Practice, 50, (6) pp. 394-401. ISSN 2208-794X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-02-20-5245


Background and objectives: Although nutrition is important to bone health, the impact of different dietary patterns on bone density and fracture is unclear. The aim of this study was to synthesise conflicting evidence from observational studies to determine associations of empirically derived dietary patterns with bone density and fracture in healthy adults.

Method: A systematic review (PROSPERO CRD42017071676) with meta-analysis where possible (for hip fracture) and otherwise with best-evidence synthesis.

Results: Twenty-one studies were included in the best-evidence synthesis and four in the meta-analysis. Meta-analysis demonstrated a protective association between 'healthy' pattern score and hip fracture (risk ratio 0.73; 95% confidence interval: 0.56, 0.96; I2 = 95%) for highest compared to lowest 'healthy' pattern score category. In best-evidence synthesis, there was conflicting evidence for associations of both pattern scores with bone density at all sites and total fractures and for 'Western' score and hip fracture. No study reported detrimental effects of 'healthy' patterns, or beneficial effects of 'Western' patterns.

Discussion: The results suggest that general practitioners promoting a 'healthy' dietary pattern is, at worst, unlikely to be detrimental for bone health and, at best, may reduce hip fracture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Public health nutrition
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Determinants of health
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HH (Miss Hoa Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Wu, F (Dr Feitong Wu)
UTAS Author:Makin, JK (Ms Jen Makin)
UTAS Author:Oddy, WH (Professor Wendy Oddy)
UTAS Author:Wills, K (Dr Karen Wills)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
ID Code:147206
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-10-19
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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