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Get STRONGER BONES! The #1 Snack All Adults Should Eat – How & Why it Works

By on May 26, 2017
Eating this snack could reduce your risk of osteoporosis, say researchers.

In a new study published in Osteoporosis International, it reveals older adults who consumed one serving of yogurt were up to 52 percent less likely to develop osteoporosis. Eating more yogurt increased these benefits as well–and, surprisingly enough, it was more effective for men.

Dr. Eamon Laird, lead author of the study, comments on the findings below:

“Yogurt is a rich source of different bone promoting nutrients and thus our findings in some ways are not surprising. The data suggest that improving yogurt intakes could be a strategy for maintaining bone health but it needs verification through future research as it is observational.”

Osteoporosis, although commonly associated with women, is a condition that can affect both sexes. Caused by a loss of bone density, it can lead to a loss in bone strength, bone fractures, and reduced mobility. Preventing it remains a critical issue for researchers.

For the study, researchers examined over 5,000 older adults who previously participated in the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) ageing cohort study. Researchers used the data to collect information on their bone density, biomarkers of bone breakdown, physical activity, and intake of certain foods and nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. All of these factors can affect a person’s risk of osteoporosis.

After examining all risk factors and determining their risk of osteoporosis based on bone breakdown, they found that yogurt played a significant role. For instance, just one serving of yogurt led to a 39 percent reduced risk of osteoporosis for women (men fared better at 52 percent). It also reduced their risk of osteopenia by 31 percent, a precursor to osteoporosis.

Better yet, eating more yogurt increased these benefits.

“The results demonstrate a significant association of bone health and frailty with a relatively simple and cheap food product,” says Dr. Miriam Casey, a Consultant Physician at St. James’s Hospital Dublin and the study’s senior researcher. “What is now needed is verification of these observations from randomized controlled trials as we still don’t understand the exact mechanisms which could be due to the benefits of micro-biota or the macro and micro nutrient composition of the yogurt.”

So what does this mean for consumers? While researchers are hesitant to make any recommendations, the study clearly shows eating yogurt helps people retain more bone density. That could be critical for preventing osteoporosis in both sexes.

What This Means For You

Want to lower your risk of osteoporosis? Then consider snacking on a tub of yogurt instead of chips or crackers. This one simple change could boost your bone density–and keep your bones fracture-free for years to come.

Readers: Is yogurt part of your diet? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sources:
Yogurt Consumption in Older Irish Adults Linked With Better Bone Health – TCD.ie
Greater Yogurt Consumption is Associated With Increase in Bone Mineral Density and Physical Function (Study)Springer.com

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