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Yoghurt and Vit D supplements protect against osteoporosis
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Eating yoghurt every day and taking vitamin D supplements can protect women from developing osteoporosis after the menopause. Men can also maintain their bone health as they get older by following the approach.

Hip bone density increases—and so the risk of osteoporosis drops dramatically—when men and women eat at least one serving of yoghurt every day, researchers have discovered. Taking vitamin D supplements also protects against the bone-weakening disease.

Each daily serving of yoghurt reduces the risk of osteoporosis by 39 per cent in post-menopausal women, and the risk reduces even further—by 52 per cent—in older men, say researchers from Trinity College Dublin. Vitamin D supplements also helped both sexes reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Women who ate the most yoghurt—one or more servings a day—had bone mineral density levels that were 3.9 per cent higher than in those who didn't eat any yoghurt.

The researchers assessed the health and diets of 1,057 women and 763 men.


References

(Source: Osteoporosis International, 2017; doi: 10.1007/s00198-017-4049-5)

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