Milk Helps Keep Men's Bones Strong
Researcher Says Few of Us Drink Enough Milk
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Supplementing milk and other food products with calcium and vitamin D not
only would increase bone density in men but in the general population as well,
he says. "People need to get more exercise and drink more milk."
Though women, who are more prone to osteoporosis, have been advised for
decades to drink milk and take calcium supplements, men have not received the
same message, he says.
Elizabeth Shane, MD, Columbia University professor of clinical medicine,
"No one drinks enough milk," she says.
New dietary guidelines recommend drinking three 8-ounce glasses of milk
daily. In place of a glass of milk, other dairy options include 1 cup of yogurt
or 1.5 to 2 ounces of cheese. This would offer about 900 milligrams of calcium
and about 300 international units of vitamin D.
In the past, medical research involved primarily male participants. However,
osteoporosis research places more emphasis on women because of their higher
risk for osteoporosis, Shane says.
"This is one of the few areas where women trumped men. Now researchers
are looking at both men and women in terms of osteoporosis," she says.
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of sudden
and unexpected fractures. Women are four times more likely than men to develop
Many times, osteoporosis is not discovered until weakened bones cause
potentially debilitating fractures, usually in the back or hips.
Until about age 30, a person normally builds more bone than he or she loses.
During the aging process, bone breakdown begins to outpace bone buildup,
resulting in a gradual loss of bone mass. Once this loss of bone reaches a
certain point, a person has osteoporosis.