The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the association of dairy intake with body composition and physical performance in 1,456 older women aged 70 to 85 years.
- 1,456 older women aged 70 to 85 years were assessed for dairy consumption (milk, yogurt and cheese).
- Assessments of anthropometric and body composition, physical function, and self-reported falls in the previous 3 months.
- Key Findings:
- Significantly greater whole body lean mass and appendicular skeletal muscle mass (P-values = 0.001 and 0.002 respectively).
- Better physical performance in terms of hand-grip strength and Timed Up and Go tests (P-values = 0.02 and 0.04 respectively).
- As compared with dairy intake of ≤ 1.5 servings/day, consumption of ≥ 2.2 servings/day was associated with:
- No significant difference in terms of the prevalence of falls in the previous 3 months was shown.
Higher dairy intake was associated with greater whole body lean mass and better physical performance in older women.
Radavelli-Bagatini S, Zhu K, Lewis JR, Dhaliwal SS, Prince RL. Association of Dairy Intake with Body Composition and Physical Function in Older Community-Dwelling Women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Jul 19. doi:pii: S2212-2672(13)00645-X. 10.1016/j.jand.2013.05.019. [Epub ahead of print]. Link to PubMed