Dairy consumption does not protect against nontraumatic bone fracture or improve bone mineral density in menopausal women, according to a study published online in Menopause. Researchers analyzed dairy consumption and bone mineral density in the femoral neck and lumbar spine among 1,955 participants in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. The participants were assessed over a 10-year “menopausal transition” time frame. The authors placed participants into four categories based on amount of dairy consumed from dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt ranging from half a serving to 2.5 servings per day. Results showed no benefits in consuming dairy for bone loss or fracture risk among this population.
Wallace TC, Jun S, Zou P, et al. Dairy intake is not associated with improvements in bone mineral density or risk of fractures across the menopause transition: Data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Menopause. Published online May 11, 2020.