Milk Consumption
Friday, October 2, 2009

Calcium and dairy products play major roles in a personís health and the prevention of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis. Dr. Edward Hill looks at a study that uncovered an alarming trend in milk consumption in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Young people reduce their intake of calcium and dairy products as they enter their twenties, a development that could be detrimental to future health maintenance and the prevention of chronic disease.

Drawing data from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens), a prospective, population-based study designed to examine determinants of dietary intake and weight status, the responses of over 1,500 young adults were analyzed.

During the transition from middle adolescence to young adulthood, females and males respectively reduced their daily calcium intakes. Although roughly one-third of those surveyed increased their intake of calcium over 5 years, the majority of the sample reduced their intake of calcium.

Among young adults surveyed, 68 percent of females and 53 percent of males had calcium intakes lower than the recommended level of 1,000 milligrams per day.

Because peak bone mass is not achieved until the third decade of life, it is particularly important for young adults to consume adequate amounts of calcium, protein and vitamin D found in dairy products to support health and prevent osteoporosis later in life.

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