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Calcium and Milk

Expert Answers to Readers’ Questions

I am sixty years old. Is it still useful to drink milk?

The value of milk in preventing osteoporosis in older people is unclear. There is no scientific consensus at the moment. Milk is a convenient source of calcium, and calcium is an important factor in preventing osteoporosis. However, there are other factors such as weight-bearing exercise that may be just as or more important than calcium in preventing osteoporosis. It is important to get adequate amounts of vitamin D, eat foods rich in vitamin K, and eat plant-based foods rich in calcium, such as broccoli, kale, collards, and tofu. A calcium supplement is another option.

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