In a ironic twist of fate, studies have shown that if you’re tiptoeing up to menopause and you’re overweight or obese, losing weight may actually cause you to see a decrease in bone density. And we know that strong bones are critical for women as we age because diseases like osteoporosis become more prevalent. (As if the physical changes we face as women weren’t already challenging enough.)
However, scientists from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have found one way to control this bone loss: simply eat more protein from dairy sources.
During their 16-week trial, the researchers made minor dietary restrictions and had the women exercise regularly–doing both cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training. They also monitored how much protein from dairy sources they had in an effort to find solutions to the bone-degradation risk of dieting at a premenopausal age. Throughout the study, they monitored the women’s bone density using scans, blood and urine samples and other biomarkers. Those who ate more protein from dairy sources saw positive levels of bone turnover, calcium, vitamin D and bone metabolism.
“Our data provide a good rationale to recommend consumption of dairy foods to aid in high-quality weight loss, which we define as loss of fat as opposed to muscle, and the promotion of bone health in young women who are at the age when achieving and maintaining peak bone mass is of great importance,” said study author Stuart Phillips, PhD.
More yogurt, lattes and gourmet cheese while the weight drops off? We like the sound of that!
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