Dairy products would be beneficial for men over 50 years old.
Regular and high consumption of dairy products, milk, yogurts and cheeses would be associated with higher volumetric bone mineral density and better vertebral strength in men, according to a study published in the medical journal Journal of Bone and Mineral Density. In women, the researchers found no significant results.
Researchers from the Universities of Wageningen and Tilburg in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BDMC) and the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) in Boston, conducted a study with 2,626 participants aged 50 to 55, to understand the impact of dairy products on men’s bone health.
Using medical imaging studies (bone densitometry), the researchers found that men who consumed the most dairy products, including cheese, milk, yoghurt, or cream, had an increase in bone density and better strength of the spine. The effects of this combination was effective regardless of the amount of vitamin D consumed.
“This study focused on the consumption of dairy products with bone measurements, unique because they provide information on bone geometry and compartmentalization. The results of this study highlight the beneficial role of a combination of dairy products on bone health and these beneficial associations remain independent of a person’s serum vitamin D status,” said Shivani Shani, lead author of the study.