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Nutr Rev. 1995 Nov;53(11):328-32.

Do dairy products improve bone density in adolescent girls?

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  • 1School of Allied Health Professions, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-2101, USA.


Previous studied have shown that when calcium is supplemented in adolescents who normally consume less than 1000 mg calcium, bone mineral accretion improves between 1 and 5%. This increment in bone accretion is improved up to 10% when dairy products are used as a source of supplemental calcium in adolescent girls. Because the addition of dairy foods is a simple, inexpensive intervention that carries no risk and because it substantially increases bone accretion with potential long-term benefits, adolescents should be encouraged to include dairy products in their diet.

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