A glass of milk may be the ultimate weapon in the fight against osteoporosis, according to new research released in conjunction with National Healthy Bones Week in Australia.

The study, conducted by the University of South Australia, found that increasing dairy intake to the daily recommended serving could have saved Australia’s national health-care system $112 million annually, while sparing 40,000 men and women from the degenerative bone disease. To read more about the study, click here.  

A similar study released in 2011 found that dairy could have also saved Australians nearly $2 billion in health care by helping consumer maintain a healthy body weight. In addition to osteoporosis, dairy also has beneficial effects on type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension. Find out more about the 2011 study.

This isn’t the first time dairy has been pegged as an important tool in preventing and controlling osteoporosis. Here are more articles confirming dairy's role in battling osteoporosis:

  • Older Americans need more calcium
    Milk marketers may want to look toward a new target audience. A recent study by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Yale University shows that older men and women consume less calcium through their diets than younger adults, and may need to adjust their food intake or increase their use of calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis. Read more.
  • Milk protein may help osteoporosis
    Researchers have discovered that lactoferrin, a protein found in milk, may help those who suffer from osteoporosis. The discovery could lead to new osteoporosis treatments. Read more.
  • FDA health claim further strengthens dairy’s role in a healthy diet
    A new health claim recently finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) links calcium and vitamin D to improved bone health — giving the public another reason to consume more dairy.  Read more.

More related articles can be found by searching for “osteoporosis” on the Dairy Herd Network website.