Nutrition in Relation to Bone Health and Falls - Level 7 - 7RD514

About this module

This module is aimed at increasing your understanding of the role of nutrition in promoting bone health. You will need to have completed the Theoretical Considerations in the Diagnosis & Management of Osteoporosis module prior to studying this module.

Diet plays an essential role in the development and maintenance of bone health throughout the lifecycle.  The importance of calcium (Ca) to bone remains controversial. There is evidence that Ca is effective in reducing late postmenopausal bone loss but more research is required on the long-term benefit of increased Ca intake on peak bone mass attainment and fracture prevention. Vitamin D 'insufficiency' appears to be widespread amongst population groups and is an area of considerable public health concern. 

Data suggest that Ca and vitamin D in combination are effective strategies for fracture prevention. The role of other micronutrients (including vitamin K, vitamin A, zinc and copper) on bone metabolism remains to be fully quantified but data from a combination of experimental, clinical and observational studies suggest a positive link between alkaline-forming foods (fruit and vegetables) and indices of bone health. 

The influence of nutrient:gene interactions on the skeleton requires further elucidation, but it may be useful in the future to target nutrition advice at those individuals who are genetically susceptible to osteoporosis. The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth insight into the current scientific evidence underpinning the present nutritional advice for optimising bone health.

You will study the assessment of nutritional status and aspects of nutrition, body composition, medication and nutritional strategies on bone health. This will include:

  • Assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status in individuals and population groups.
  • Nutritional aspects of bone growth and Calcium and vitamin D in reducing postmenopausal bone health and preventing osteoporotic fracture. Acid:base homeostasis and bone health and the effects of micronutrients and food components on bone.
  • Effect of body composition on bone health.
  • Nutrition and bone health in the clinical setting - to include interaction between nutrition and medication for osteoporosis, cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements for osteoporosis prevention, nutritional strategies for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis at the individual and population level.
  • Current 'hot topics' in nutrition and bone health.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7RD514

Start dates are usually: September and January

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the role nutrition has on bone health 
  2. Consider how patients may be effectively assessed for nutritional status
  3. Reflect on the role of various minerals and vitamins on the anatomy and physiology of bone 
  4. Critically review how nutrition and a healthy diet impacts on the maintenance of bone health.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via on campus and online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk