Bone density 'can be maintained with dairy'

9 November 2011

The intake of dairy produce during diet and exercise may increase bone health in overweight premenopausal women, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Endocrine Society looked at the effects of diet on bone density and suggested that overweight people who are not getting enough protein and calcium from dairy sources are at a greater risk of bone loss.

Furthermore, a diet rich in dairy increased bone health in obese young women over 16 weeks of diet and exercise.

Leader of the study Stuart Phillips of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario said: "Our findings show that a diet with a high proportion of dairy foods and higher than recommended protein intake was associated with improved markers for bone health."

He added that women trying to lose weight through diet and exercise should get more protein and calcium from dairy sources to protect their bones.

Previous studies have shown that higher body weight is associated with greater bone mass and that weight loss through dieting can adversely affect bone health.

Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis than men and causes of the condition can be attributed to the thinning of bones over time.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Phillips, Stuart, et al., "Diets higher in dairy foods and dietary protein support bone health during diet- and exercise-induced weight loss in overweight and obese premenopausal women", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), January 2012

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