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Drink Milk – Prevent Osteoporosis

by MPK April 5th, 2008 | Aging, Nutrition, Women's Health
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When most women think of milk, they think of those small cartons served with school lunches or the milk they may pour over their morning cereal. Too often considered a beverage for children, milk can be vital for women’s health and the prevention of osteoporosis, the most common metabolic bone disease in the United States. What osteoporosis means is that with age, bones can become more fragile and easier to break. Twenty-eight million adults have osteoporosis in the US today, and women are four times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than men are. Osteo

After osteoporosis is diagnosed, little can be done to reverse the damaging effects of the disease so prevention is the key to protection against osteoporosis. When our mothers told us to drink our milk to build strong bones, they were right. Drinking 3-4 cups of Vitamin D fortified skim milk daily is one of the best natural defenses against osteoporosis. Calcium can also be found in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Although calcium supplements can be another option, experts advise consulting with a doctor before taking the supplements.

Other ways to fight against osteoporosis are daily weight bearing exercise (walking, running, dancing, tennis, bicycling, or aerobics), maintaining a healthy weight, not using tobacco, limiting alcohol to no more than two drinks per day, and eating a balanced diet.

After menopause, when osteoporosis is most likely to occur, women also are urged to avoid accidents. Make sure that all stairs have railings, remove hazards such as throw rugs and wires to prevent tripping, and make sure all areas of the home are well lit.

Loss of bone mass normally begins as early as age 35, so it is never too early to drink your milk and limit the risk of osteoporosis.

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Comments 5 Responses to “Drink Milk – Prevent Osteoporosis”
  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m so uncertain about drinking milk. Although it is a good source of calcium, some people say you can get enough calcium from other sources like spinach, almonds and soy.

    I can’t drink milk because I have a diary intolerance. My kids drink goat’s milk- it’s closer to human milk than goat’s milk. (cow’s have 4 stomachs to digest the milk- we only have one, just like goats). Some people say it tastes different, but my husband didn’t even know I had changed the milk.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Plus the animal protein in milk actually depletes calcium. For resources from both sides of the milk debate you can go here:

    http://milk.procon.org/viewanswers.asp?questionID=831

    After your bones have lost their ability to absorb more calcium (I think some time in your lower twenties), it’s best to reduce animal protein in your diet if you’re concerned with osteoporosis.

  3. Adults should NOT be drinking milk – especially the milk produced by the females of another species, as this milk is designed to feed their own young!

  4. A Guest says:

    I’m a adult drink milk with cereal

    @ Chicago Liposuction, when are you a expert ? Adult do need calcium. Haven’t you read the article how important milk is ?

  5. Michael says:

    Milk will actually deplete your calcium sources. Animal protien makes our blood ph acidic. Our body releases minerals to bring our blood acidity back down to alkaline. one of the minerals excreted from our bones is calcium. When drinking Milk your losing more calcium then getting from the milk. Countries with the highest calcium consumption also have the highest osteoporosis rate. look up ” the truth about milk ” don’t be dumb The milk and meat industry is all about money. vegan is the way to go

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