There are a lot of dairy products sold in the community. But even though both contain milk in it, does not mean all dairy products may improve bone health.
The research team found that consumption of dairy products especially milk and yoghurt associated with bone mineral density (bone mineral density / BMD) are higher on the hips, but not in the spine.
Other findings in this study also shows not all dairy products can provide advantages in promoting bone strength. On the other hand cream products as a whole have a bone mineral density is lower.
"Milk provides essential nutrients that are beneficial for bone health. Yet creams and products such as ice cream has a higher fat and sugar," says Shivani Sahni, PhD, Musculoskeletal Research Team, Institute for Aging Research (Ifar), as quoted by Medindia Tuesday (05/02/2013).
In this study, the provision of 2.5 to 3 servings of milk and yogurt intake per day was associated with better bone density. As for the cheese further research is needed because some of them contain high levels of sodium and high fat.
The research was based on data collected from 3212 participants comparing dairy intake with bone mineral density measurements, and see the benefits.
Given the nutritional composition varies among dairy products. But if someone chooses low-fat milk or yogurt may increase their intake of protein, calcium and vitamin D, as well as limiting the intake of saturated fats.
The results of these studies support the notion that proper nutrition can help fight osteoporosis and fractures. The findings are published in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is considered as one of the threats to public health. If low bone density, the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, especially of the spine, hip and wrist higher. For this condition women are at higher risk than men.