Bones constantly take up and release calcium throughout life – in both, men and women. However, post-menopausal women are more susceptible to osteoporosis or brittle-bone disease because declining estrogen levels impair the skeleton’s calcium retaining ability. So the most common advice offered to women is to eat plenty of calcium-rich food, particularly, milk and milk-products.
But, before gulping down glasses of milk in your eagerness to replenish your depleting calcium levels, have a look at this article Bone Density: The Big Dairy Fallacytudy.
A recent Havard study of 78,000 nurses found that women who drank more than one glass of milk per day had a 45-percent greater chance of hip fractures compared to those who drank far less. Those who took in the same amount of calcium from nondairy sources saw no such increase, nor a decrease in fractures.In Japan, as in many other non-Caucasian populations, dairy intake has traditionally been minimal and calcium intakes have been low - and hip fracture rates are low, but have been growing recently, as is the portion of adults who were raised on dairy.
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