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Journal of Osteoporosis
Volume 2017, Article ID 4218472, 10 pages
Review Article

Nutritional Aspects of Bone Health and Fracture Healing

1Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2Department of Internal Medicine, General Hospital of Athens “Elpis”, Athens, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Theodore Troupis; moc.liamg@sipuortt

Received 5 July 2017; Revised 25 October 2017; Accepted 15 November 2017; Published 31 December 2017

Academic Editor: Merry Jo Oursler

Copyright © 2017 Athanasios Karpouzos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Fractures are quite common, especially among the elderly. However, they can increase in prevalence in younger ages too if the bone health is not good. This may happen as a result of bad nutrition. Methods. A customized, retrospective review of available literature was performed using the following keywords: bone health, nutrition, and fractures. Results. Insufficient intake of certain vitamins, particularly A and D, and other nutrients, such as calcium, may affect bone health or even the time and degree of bone healing in case of fracture. The importance of different nutrients, both dietary and found in food supplements, is discussed concerning bone health and fracture healing. Conclusion. A healthy diet with adequate amounts of both macro- and micronutrients is essential, for both decreasing fracture risk and enhancing the healing process after fracture.