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Friday, 12 November 2021

Eating Dairy Products May Protect Aging Bones

To protect your bone health as you age, and reduce your risk of fractures, should you try eating more dairy products?

Yes, that’s a logical conclusion of a fascinating new randomized controlled trial in Australia, notes Dr. Bret Scher, Medical Director of Diet Doctor.

“I really love this study. It was so well done,” explains Dr. Scher in his DD News video.

The study followed more than 7,000 elderly patients living in 60 residential care homes and found that those whose diets were supplemented with more yogurt, cheese, and milk had significantly lower risks of falls and fractures than those whose diets were the usual care-home menu.

British Medical Journal: Effect of dietary sources of calcium and protein on hip fractures and falls in older adults in residential care: cluster randomised controlled trial

“It makes such a really good control trial, in that you know what they’re eating because you’re providing them with their food,” explains Dr. Scher. “It turns out, they didn’t need much time to show some impressive benefits.”

In fact, within three months, the elderly residents randomized to the higher dairy intake were showing a reduced incidence of falls. By five months, they had a reduced incidence of fractures.

“That’s just five months of eating extra milk, cheese and yogurt,” said Dr. Scher.

It was likely the extra protein, as well as the extra calcium and other integral nutrients found in the whole food dairy products that contributed to the benefit, Dr. Scher notes.

“Why is this better than calcium supplements? Well, to me it makes total sense because it’s real food,” said Dr. Scher.

If you want to improve your bone health, check out Diet Doctor’s guide on bone health, find it here

Words above and related video can be seen on Diet Doctor site here 


If you cannot tolerate dairy you may like to read these posts
Non-Dairy Substitutes for Milk - see here
Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium Rich Foods - see here

You will find a variety of articles, studies and recipe ideas are in this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues please take these into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

31 comments:

Tom said...

...cheese is my favorite dairy product.

DUTA said...

I eat almost daily cottage cheese and squeeze a few drops of milk in my cup every time I have a cup of coffee. I used to eat yogurt too, but they stopped producing my favorite one; perhaps it's temporary.
Anyway, I believe the title regarding protection of the bones,is correct.

Margaret D said...

Calcium.

J.P. Alexander said...

Buen consejo adoro el queso y el yogur. Te mando un beso

Angie's Recipes said...

Love cheese, esp. Parmesan. So I have one more good reason to enjoy them :-)

Christine said...

I like lactose free milk

Elephant's Child said...

Good.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I'm developing quite a liking for different cheeses lately, so I'm happy to hear they are good for me!

Rajani Rehana said...

Super blog

Iris Flavia said...

Glad I can eat/drink all that!
And it´s yummy, too.

Jo said...

I love cheese, a bit picky with yoghurt but only like milk when it's added to something, I couldn't drink a straight glass of milk, I've never liked it from being a child.

Valerie-Jael said...

I love dairy products, and always enjoy them. Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I do not like drinking milk, but I do love cheese.
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Giorgio said...

That a great post, Jan! I was interested in your article about the importance of integral nutrients found in the whole food dairy products.

With regards to calcium and its important role in bone formation and strength, I have heard that drinking coffee with, or a few minutes after, a meal can interfere with the absorption calcium and other important substances, such as iron. Isn't it? Do you think it is true? ... I would like to know your point of view.

Regards,

Giorgio



CraveCute said...

What an informative study! We love cheese and I eat whole milk organic yogurt almost daily. The key word is "whole", so many of the nutrients need fat to help absorb into the body. Guess our ancestors knew what they were doing!

DVArtist said...

I am a big dairy eater.

Rain said...

I think my bones will be in good shape! I've been a big dairy gal my entire life...especially when it comes to cheese.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The reason I could NEVER be a vegan is because I can't live without my dairy. Besides loving cheese, I use half and half (light cream) in my coffee that I drink 24/7. I really appreciated this article, Jan.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Dairy is so important. I make a delicious yogurt parfait every night to make sure I am getting my calcium. Cheese makes my taste buds happy too!

DeniseinVA said...

A fascinating article indeed, thank you for sharing this important information.

Barwitzki said...

What luck - I'm a fan of dairy products :-)) Thanks for the article.
Many greetings to you. Have a happy weekend ...
Today we had sun and tomorrow ... Sunday rain. So out when the sun is shining.

R's Rue said...

Thank you for sharing.

happyone said...

I sure like dairy and love a nice big glass of milk.

Lowcarb team member said...

Giorgio said...
That a great post, Jan! I was interested in your article about the importance of integral nutrients found in the whole food dairy products.

With regards to calcium and its important role in bone formation and strength, I have heard that drinking coffee with, or a few minutes after, a meal can interfere with the absorption calcium and other important substances, such as iron. Isn't it? Do you think it is true? ... I would like to know your point of view.

Regards,

Giorgio

Hello Giorgio, many thanks for your comment and question.
I am not a medical expert, and in fact prefer drinking tea to coffee ... but you may be interested to read this article which states the best time to drink coffee is between 10 a.m. and noon, and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. please read more here
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/food/healthy-eating/a704447/when-is-the-best-time-to-drink-coffee/

All the best Jan

Kay said...

Darn! I wish I wasn’t lactose intolerant.

Linda said...

I'm able to tolerate goat milk, so I drink it daily. Sometimes it is hard to find in stores.

Lorrie said...

I do enjoy dairy products! Cheese, particularly.

Conniecrafter said...

I love having more reasons to eat my dairy products :)

Giorgio said...

Thanks for your answer about drinking coffee, Jan. I also enjoyed the interesting article which you mentioned.

Have a nice Sunday :-)

Divers and Sundry said...

Cottage cheese, yoghurt, and cheese are my favorite dairy products.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Very interesting post. My 96 year old mother in law is in a nursing home. I find that it is difficult for her to chew and digest food. Dairy seems to something that she can eat easily ( cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and enjoy. Glad to know it's so good for her.