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Eating yogurt can reduce the risk of osteoporosis among senior citizens, says research
Yogurt can replace the an-apple-a-day theory for senior citizens. A new research has claimed that elderly people who eat a pot of yogurt daily have a reduced risk of developing osteoporosis by almost half.

Researchers have suggested that in case of men of over 60 years of age, eating a pot of yogurt every day could reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis by 52 per cent. In case of females, the same number stood around 39 per cent.

The research was conducted by scientists from Trinity College, Dublin.

"Yoghurt is a rich source of different bone promoting nutrients and thus our findings in some ways are not surprising. Going from eating no yoghurt to one unit a day could reduce the risk of osteoporosis in men over 60 by more than half, and by more than a third in women in the same age group," Mirror quoted Study lead author Dr Eamon Laird.

"What is now needed is verification of these observations from randomised controlled trials as we still don't understand the exact mechanisms which could be due to the benefits of micro-biota or the macro and micro nutrient composition of the yoghurt," said the researchers.

The subjects of the research included 1,057 women and 763 men who underwent a bone-mineral-density (BMD) assessment research. Also, 2,624 women and 1,290 men were subjected to measurements of physical functions for the research.

The researchers had also kept in mind other common factors among people of the age group of research, factors such as daily intake of other dairy products, smoking and alcohol, intake of meat, fish, and other traditional risk factors that affect bone health.

If the results are clinically verified, it can be a breakthrough research given the huge number of senior citizens suffering from the problem of having brittle bones.

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