National Dairy Council are highlighting a shortfall in meeting daily recommendations to keep bones healthy.
To mark World Osteoporosis Day on Thursday, October 20, the National Dairy Council is calling on people to meet the recommended intake of three servings from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group each day, as part of a balanced diet.
The purpose of World Osteoporosis Day is to raise awareness about this debilitating, often silent condition.
This year’s campaign calls on the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health in order to enjoy a good quality of life and independence in the future.
Dr Miriam Casey, Consultant Physician at St. James’s Hospital with a special interest in Osteoporosis, explains that at present approximately 300,000 people in Ireland have Osteoporosis and that one in two women and one in five men over 50 years will develop a fracture in their lifetime.
Dr. Casey, points out that diet is a great place to start in taking some control to reduce fracture risk, “Including good sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D as part of a balanced diet in combination with weight-bearing exercise can make an important contribution to bone health,” says Dr. Casey.
As a Clinical Investigator in the TUDA research study, Dr. Casey along with her colleague Dr. Kevin McCarroll, are exploring the links between diet and bone health in the Irish population.
The TUDA study, which is led by Prof. Anne Molloy of Trinity College Dublin, has gathered a wealth of information that will help to decipher the role of nutrition across a range of age-related conditions.
This all-Ireland study is one of the largest to-date examining nutrient intakes in older Irish adults, and provides evidence that daily intakes (in particular yogurt) contribute to the overall health of older people.
“It is essential however to set the foundations for bone health throughout life,” says Dr. Casey “Both diet and exercise play key roles in ensuring that children and adolescents reach maximum peak bone mass, that adults maintain bone mass and that older adults limit the extent of age related bone loss. This will help to sustain mobility and independence in later life.”
Women in particular are prone to the disease and yet women often think about calorie intake more often than their overall body's health.
If your body does not have an allergy or intolerance to dairy then do not be afraid to use it to the benefit of your overall health.