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Dairy Foods Reduce Fall Risk

5 years, 2 months ago

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Posted on Sep 18, 2013, 6 a.m.

Older women who consume milk, yogurt, and cheeses may be at less risk of falls and fall-related fractures.

Dairy foods are an abundant source of high quality proteins and calcium, for which previous studies suggest a beneficial effect on muscle mass.  Simone Radavelli-Bagatini, from Sir Charles Gardner Hospital (Australia), and colleagues studied 1,456 women, ages 70 to 85 years, categorizing them by their frequency of consumption of milk, yogurt, and cheeses.  Subjects self-reported falls for 3 months.  The team found that those women who consumed more than 2.2 servings of dairy per day demonstrated “greater whole body lean mass and better physical performance.”

Simone Radavelli-Bagatini, Kun Zhu, Joshua R. Lewis, Satvinder S. Dhaliwal, et al. “Association of Dairy Intake with Body Composition and Physical Function in Older Community-Dwelling Women.”  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 5 August 2013.

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