Osteoporosis and the Positive Impact of Prunes

Prunes and Bone health-study-summaryMay is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

As part of our education efforts this month, ADC Osteoporosis specialist Michele McDermott, MD shares a study for patients concerned with their bone health and the positive impact of prunes.

An osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds worldwide, and approximately one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.[1] Bones are formed of living tissue and nutrition and exercise are key components to developing and maintaining bone strength.

Prunes are emerging as a surprising fruit that can have a positive impact on bone health. Not only do prunes contain a variety of nutrients that play a role in bone building, structure, maintenance and breakdown – like vitamin K, phosphorus, boron and potassium – but research continues to show that prunes help support healthy bones. Incorporating bone-building habits like eating a daily serving of prunes (4-5 prunes)[2] – into a regular lifestyle routine can help. Throughout the month of May, ADC’s Menopause and Osteoporosis center will share information about good bone health, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. You can visit our website at ADClinic.com or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.


[1]Hernlund, E, Svedbom, A, Ivergård, M, Compston, J, Cooper, C, Stenmark, J, McCloskey, E V, Jönsson B, & Kanis , JA 2013, “Osteoporosis in the European Union: medical management, epidemiology and economic burden”, Arch Osteoporos, vol. 8, no.136.
[2] Hooshmand, Kern, Metti, Shamloufard, Chai, Johnson, Payton, Arjmandi. Osteoporos Int. 2016, “The effect of two doses of dried plum on bone density and bone biomarkers in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial.” Jul;27(7):2271-9. doi: 10.1007/s00198-016-3524-8. Epub 2016 Feb 22.

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