Posted by: Wiske | 2004/01/13

do dairy products cause osteoporosis?

I have heard that dairy products might actually cause osteoporosis because of calcium and phosphates being out of balance to be of benefit for our body, and calcium gets subsequently depleted from our body in stead of build up. could this be the case? are there alternative sources of calcium that can be taken through the diet? apparently sesame seeds and therefore tahin also contain a lot of calcium. can this replace dairy products?
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Dear Wiske
There is some indication that a diet that is too high in animal proteins (meat, fish, eggs, cheese) can interfere with calcium uptake. But, dairy products are still our best source of bioavailable calcium in the diet and if not used in excess (2-3 cups of low-fat milk or yoghurt a day plus some cheese), will not interfere with calcium metabolism. Probably the best calcium supplement for counteracting osteoporosis is Calcium Sandoz Forte 500 mg which contains calcium lactate-gluconate. Doing weight-bearing exercise is also beneficial for correcting osteoporosis, so chat to your dr about what kind of exercise is indicated. Sesame seeds contain 130 mg of calcium per 100g, but it may be difficult to eat 750 gram of sesame seeds per day to obtain the 1000 mg of calcium you require per day. From a logistic point of view, drinking 2 cups of fat-free milk and eating 1/2 cup of fat-free yoghurt which also supply 1000 mg of calcium, is easier to do and using these foods will not overload your system with protein.
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Posted by: Give up | 2004/01/13

Who knows now a days. Every body says something different. This doc says milk is good for the bones.

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