Study: Low Calcium, Hip Fractures with People over 50, and Health Economics

(Chicago) – A new study by European researchers analyses the health economics of increased dairy foods and related reduction in risk of osteoporotic fractures in the population aged over 50.

The study, ‘Dairy foods and Osteoporosis: An example of Assessing the Health-Economic Impact of Food Products’, has been published online in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International.

Here’s an excerpt from an article reported by Medical News Today:

Calcium is contained in different types of foods (including in certain fish and greens), however around 60 to 70% of daily calcium intake in Western Countries is derived from dairy products. In addition to calcium, dairy products also provide a large variety of essential nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and proteins that, along with vitamin D, are also beneficial to bone health.

The researchers calculated the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYS) lost due to hip fractures associated with low nutritional calcium intake and the number of hip fractures that could potentially be prevented each year with intake of additional dairy products.

The benefits were highest in France with 2,023 prevented hip fractures, followed by Sweden (455) and the Netherlands (132). This represents a substantial health cost savings of approximately 129 million, 34 million and 6 million Euros in these countries, respectively.

Read the entire article here…

Drink milk.

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