Building Strong Bones
Friday, November 7, 2008

Advertising tells us that milk does a body good and a recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics backs that claim up. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about building strong bones in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Children who drink milk and consume other dairy products are likely to have stronger bones in adolescence.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children who consume two or more servings of dairy products per day have significantly stronger bones as teenagers.

The dairy food group includes milk, yogurt and cheese. One serving is a cup of milk or yogurt, 1 and 1/2 ounces of natural cheese or 2 ounces of processed cheese.

The study also looked at the consumption level of dairy foods in combination with other food groups such as meats and other proteins, grains and fruits and vegetables. The strongest bones belong to the teens who consume at least two servings of dairy products and four servings of other proteins.

Researchers looked at information from more than 100 children, 3 to 5 years old at the start of the study, for 12 years. They measured bone strength based on bone mineral content, bone area and bone density.

The findings of the study confirm the importance of a diet rich in dairy foods and protein for growing adolescents.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.