Growing up, many knew that milk was good for your bones. The same is still true as we age.
For more than 55 percent of Americans over 50, osteoporosis is a reality. Characterized by reduced bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, osteoporosis often leads to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures.
You also may have heard about sarcopenia, an involuntary, progressive, age-related loss of lean muscle mass. Unfortunately, the condition is usually associated with reduced strength, functional impairment, frailty, falls, disability, loss of independence and a decrease in one’s quality of life. Experts estimate that as many as 30 percent of people over 60 and more than 50 percent of those over 80 may be affected by this disease.
While those may be two very real scenarios for you or your loved ones, research suggests that getting enough high-quality protein in your day, by making sure you’re getting your three servings of dairy, may help preserve older adults’ muscle and bone mass.
One easy way to make sure you’re getting enough high-quality protein is to make smart snacking choices that include milk, cheese and yogurt. It’s as easy as having a yogurt mid-morning or a few cubes of cheese in the afternoon.