Sunday Territorian

Dairy helps old bones


INCREASING aged care residents’ dairy intake could help reduce falls and bone fractures.

Australian researcher­s conducted a two-year study of residents in 60 aged care homes.

Half were given their regular menu and the other half were given more dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese to ensure they reached their recommende­d daily intake of calcium.

Adding more dairy to residents’ diets reduced the risk of all fractures by 33 per cent and 46 per cent for hip fractures.

The risk of falls also lowered by 11 per cent.

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