Nutrition in The News

By: Ashlynn Burns

Mediterranean diet wins again, helps bones

The article was written by Morgan Manella on March 28, 2016. She is a special reporter for CNN. A study done by JAMA International found that the Mediterranean diet can help postmenopausal women fight bone loss. There study found that postmenopausal women who ate the diet were less likely to have hip fractures than others who did not eat this way. Research was done on "90,014 women with an average age of 64" (Manella) These women came from 40 clinical centers across the United States that were apart of the Women's Health Initiative study. The women were to describe their diet in a questionnaire and then their answers were compared to "the four common healthy diets, including the Mediterranean diet, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and two others" (Manella). Sixteen years later the researchers found that there were 2,121 cases of hip fractures and 28,718 cases of total fractures. Researchers found that women who stuck with the Mediterranean diet 0.29% less likely to suffer from a hip fracture than women who did not stick with the diet. The researchers conclude that a healthy diet, specifically a Mediterranean diet, might play a small role in maintaining bone health in postmenopausal women.


Morgan Manella graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies. She is currently an intern for CNN. She has also interned at Sharecare Inc. as a communication intern, Stuntman PR, and WPLG Local 10 News. Morgan Manella was Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus and Spoon University. She was also the Vice President of Public Relations in the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

The article was published by CNN where the author is an intern. CNN was launched in 1980 by Ted Turner the owner of Time Warner company. They are a national television company and news report. CNN is one of the most popular news channels in the country. They launched their website in 1995. Their website is one of the most popular new websites in the world.

The information from the article came from JAMA Internal Medicine. JAMA Internal Medicine is a peer reviewed medical journal that is published twice a month by the American Medical Association. It was established in 1908 originally as the Archives of Internal Medicine. The name was changed in 2013 to the current name.

I do not think that the author is very reliable. She does not have as much experience as other authors have because she is only an intern for CNN. However since the article was published by CNN I think that it is pretty reliable. CNN has a very good reputation and has been known to publish very important and accurate information in the past. I also think that the research is reliable because it was published by a well known and long standing peer-reviewed medical journal. Due to being peer-reviewed I think that the conclusion of a Mediterranean diet helping bone health of postmenopausal women to be accurate.


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