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Hillside Family Medicine
& Occupational Medicine

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& Occupational Medicine

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~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Many people who want to follow a high-plant diet are concerned about pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 20,000 farmers and their families are poisoned by pesticides each year, but no studies have shown pesticide poisoning from routine consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Both conventional and organic fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides, but organic growers use "natural" pesticides (such as ground-up chrysanthemums), while conventional growers use "artificial" pesticides that are often copies of the pesticides found in nature. Your body cannot distinguish between "natural' and artificial pesticides.

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Osteoporosis and Diet

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

New data from the Rotterdam Study, a prospective study of 14,926 people 45 or older who have been followed since 1990, show that a diet based on vegetables, fruits, dairy, fish and poultry is associated with:
* markedly reduced risk for fractures,
* higher bone density on X ray, and
* stronger bones characterized by a higher bending strength (
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec 22, 2016, and Eur J Nutr, Aug 24, 2016).
Diets that included a lot of sweets, processed meats or alcohol were associated with increased risk for fracture and weaker, more unstable bones, independent of bone density.

The Women's Health Initiative showed that an inflammatory diet is associated with increased hip fracture rates in women ages 50 to 63 and an anti-inflammatory diet is associated with less bone density loss in this same group of postmenopausal women (
J Bone Miner Res, Dec 26, 2016). Anti-inflammatory foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, while pro-inflammatory foods include processed meats, sugar-added foods, sugared drinks and fried foods. See Anti-Inflammatory and Pro-Inflammatory Foods Another study showed that risk for osteoporosis of the spine and hip are reduced by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and cereals and reducing alcohol and red meat (Open Journal of Epidemiology, May 2013;3(2):79-84).

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