In this month’s Bulletin, you’ll learn about the changing state of the dairy industry, a major bankruptcy filing, and their impact on your bone health.
Then we'll look at a study on hospitalization rates and osteoporosis that examines several intersecting statistics about fractures, bone health, and hospital visits.
We'll end on a high note. A new study has determined that you can improve your bone health with as little as one minute of exercise per day. We'll look at the data and consider the implications.
Decline In Milk Consumption Bankrupts Biggest Dairy Producer
The largest milk producer in the United States, Dean Foods, has filed for bankruptcy, citing declining demand for their products.
As more people learn about the negative health effects of milk, and as alternatives become more readily available, it seems Americans are cutting back dramatically.
“Since 1975, the amount of liquid milk consumed per capita in the U.S. has tumbled more than 40%. Americans drank around 24 gallons a year in 1996, according to government data. That dropped to 17 gallons in 2018.
An increasing variety of beverages, including teas and sodas, has hurt milk consumption. So have protein bars, yogurts, and other on-the-go breakfasts, which take the place of a morning bowl of cereal.
More recently, health and animal-welfare concerns have also contributed, as more shoppers seek out non-dairy alternatives.
Oat milk, for example, saw U.S. sales rise 636% to more than $52 million over the past year, according to Nielsen data. Sales of cow’s milk dropped 2.4% in that same time frame”1
Americans will be healthier as a result of consuming less dairy. Studies have linked milk consumption with a number of health problems2— and despite what the dairy industry advertises, milk isn't good for your bones.3
Nowadays it's easy to substitute a milk alternative in your beverages and anywhere else you would use dairy milk.
If you haven't made the switch yet, now's the perfect time to follow this health-improving trend.
Milk sales have rapidly declined over the past decades, leading Dean Foods to file for bankruptcy, and milk alternatives have flourished as Americans change their habits over health and animal welfare concerns.
Osteoporosis-Related Fractures Are Leading Cause Of Hospitalization
A new study of Medicare beneficiaries has shown that more hospitalizations occur because of osteoporotic fractures than because of breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes combined.
This study also found that only 70% of Medicare beneficiaries who experienced a hip fracture survived the following year. This is a sobering reminder that in some cases, poor bone health can be deadly.
“A new report released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF; Arlington, VA, USA) analyses the economic and clinical impact of bone fractures suffered by American citizens registered in the Medicare program. An independent estimate based on the analysis found that despite proven preventive measures, around two million Americans on Medicare suffered over 2.3 million osteoporosis-related bone fractures during 2015.
The report also focused on “new” osteoporotic fractures, by excluding beneficiaries who had another osteoporotic fracture in the prior 6- to 12- months. The results revealed that about 15% of those who experienced a new osteoporotic fracture had one or more subsequent fractures within 12 months of the initial fracture.”4
These statistics underline the significance of pursuing a bone-healthy lifestyle as a measure to prevent fracture. The next study in today's bulletin provides exciting evidence that this goal is firmly within reach.
A study of Medicare beneficiaries found that osteoporotic fractures accounted for more hospitalizations than breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes combined– making clear that bone health should be a major health priority.
Study Finds That Even 1 Minute Of Exercise Improves Bone Health
A study conducted in the UK compared the activity levels of 2,500 women with an analysis of their bone health to determine the efficacy of exercise for maintaining strong, healthy bones.
Researchers at the University of Exeter equipped participants with wrist-worn monitors and evaluated their bone health using ultrasound scans.
“The researchers found that those who completed 60 to 120 seconds a day of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity — i.e., a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal females, or a slow jog for post-menopausal women — reaped the rewards of at least 4% better bone health than those who didn’t do such exercise.
“We don’t yet know whether it’s better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whether a slightly longer bout of exercise on one or two days per week is just as good as 1-2 minutes a day,” says lead author Dr. Victoria Stiles in a press release.
There is, however, “a clear link between this kind of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise and better bone health in women,” Stiles elaborates.”5
This means that your efforts are effective, even on the days when you don't have much time to spend on exercise.
And the study also found that the more time women spent exercising, the more their bone health improved. For example, women whose daily exercise routines were longer than two minutes saw at least a 6% improvement in bone health.
A British study concluded that as little as one minute of exercise per day results in an improvement in bone health, and that bone health increases further with increased exercise time.
Harness The Power Of Physical Activity
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In the fracture studies does the study include if the people were on bone loss medications?
Does Apple cider vinegar cause osteoporosis? It helps me in so many ways. But I am concerned about the acidity on my bone health
In place of milk I have been drinking soy for many years. Is this safe for my bones?
I have been focusing on exercices and diet , especially the last 2 years. Had a hip fracture 2 years ago (accidentally). Was on anastrozole for 5 years for breast cancer. But stopped 2 years ago, as well as actonel. The last bone density test (november 2019) showed no improvement and even worsening of osteoporosis… for me, exercices didn’t help nor diet… was very active +++. So, it is not a cure!!!
I’m one of your followers who knows she should follow the program more faithfully but what I have done really saved me when my dog eyed a deer while I was walking her on leash Thanksgiving evening. Let’s just say Mary Poppins sailing through the air sans graceful landing and for once I didn’t have my phone with me. When I could finally move, I checked for protruding bones, etc., and attempted to get up over a 20-minute period. My left shoulder/shoulder blade area was jammed, and moving that arm was impossible. After laying and then crawling to get to the sidewalk, I prayed for strength to be able to get up. I went to my chiropractor the next morning and when they greet you with “Oh my God” you know you’re in trouble. Neck, back, hips, knees and ankles were out of place in addition to the most serious left shoulder and arm problems BUT I’m giving your program credit for NO BROKEN BONES! My doctor was amazed considering what I looked like – imagine your left arm swollen and a delightful egg plant purple and I couldn’t lift or move it. I’m well on my way to full recovery and am more closely following your program. Thank you!!
I have been unable to print out the recipes in your emails. Is there a way to do this?
Are there any support groups around where people with osteoporosis can get together and share diet and exercise tips with each other? I live in the Naples area and I’m sure there is a large group of women with osteoporosis and/or osteopenia?
Milk may have many negative effects, but after trying numerous things like melatonin for my sleep problems and tryptophan tablets, none of those things helped my middle of the night sleep issues like a cup of hot milk and honey. The scalded scum on the top , I believe contains tryptophan which seems to be broken down better in milk than in the tablets.
Pain relievers alone did not get me back to sleep. Calcium pills all seem to give me headaches, so I vote for milk in moderation if your system can handle it. Almost half the nights during a week I have to do this, or lose 3-4 hours of sleep each night. I think I need to sleep at least 5-7 hours for all over health for my bones too, and milk helps me achieve this. Otherwise I may get 3 hours of sleep, and I feel worse with so little sleep. So if milk helps me feel better, I take the minimum amount that I have to. I always brush my teeth after drinking it to avoid cavities. I believe it doesn’t provide much calcium, and it is acidic, so again if you need a little milk in your life, drink in moderation. Everyone has different needs to a certain extent.
Thank you for all the information you make available even for those of us who are on a very small budget!
I’ve read that cheese is good for our bones. Is this true? Also the same for yogurt.
I’ve never been a milk drinker but do eat yogurt and cheese so will watching for your answers.
Thank you very much!
Do you still recommend whey isolate protein powder and Greek yogurt?
I just found out I have GERD so I would appreciate your response. Thank you.