Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 28 March 2017
Did you know that the countries that consume the most dairy products also have the highest incidence of osteoporosis?
Countries like Denmark, Sweden, and Norway have hip fracture rates of 165 per 100 000 people up to 190 per 100 000 people versus South Africa and New Guinea whose rates are 6.8 and 3.1 per 100 000 people respectively.
This fact is counterintuitive because we have been educated to believe that to keep our bones healthy we have to consume a lot of dairy products in order to obtain enough calcium. There is even an app for it!
So what is going on here?
Here are 5 reasons that osteoporosis might not be a calcium problem:
Now I would love to hear from you! Have you ever thought about the role absorption plays in the health of your bones? Which one of these factors are you going to start investigating more to make sure you have healthy bones for years to come? Leave a comment below and I'll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesdays!
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