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Updated 14 February 2013

New research on calcium

Teenage girls should begin taking calcium supplements and continue doing so throughout life to limit the likelihood of osteoporosis.

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The latest research shows that:
  • Eating plenty of dairy foods, meat, and other high-protein foods in childhood results in stronger and healthier bones in adolescence.
  • In South Africa, white children seem to fracture a lot more than black children, even though they tend to eat more calcium-rich foods.
  • Teenage girls should begin taking calcium supplements and continue doing so throughout life to limit the likelihood of osteoporosis. Vegans and people on weight-reduction diets should do so too.
  • A diet rich in calcium also appears to reduce the risk of developing PMS by as much as 40%.
       
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