Drinking milk as a kid can have life-long health benefits. In fact, according to new research, it can improve physical ability and balance in older age.
Medical News Today reports on a new study that found an increase of about one glass of milk a day as a child was linked to a 5% faster walking time and 25% lesser chance of poor balance in older age.
The researchers say this could have major health ramifications, as the number of adults over 65 is expected to reach more than 70 million by the year 2030, doubling over just 30 years.
A team of British scientists used historical diet records from two large studies to look at the childhood habits of more than 1,500 men ages 62-86.
They measured the impact of diet, specifically milk, protein, calcium and fat intake, performance and mobility later in life.
The researchers found that childhood calcium, protein and milk intake were all associated with advantages in mobility later in life.
Interestingly, childhood milk drinkers were also likely to be adult milk drinkers, demonstrating the importance of establishing lifelong healthy habits.
As you may have heard me mention last week, in addition to drinking milk, nutrition experts continue to stress the importance of starting the day with breakfast.
Other studies show that milk drinkers and breakfast eaters have more nutritious diets than non-milk drinkers and breakfast skippers.
Currently, dietary guidelines recommend two glasses of milk a day for toddlers, 2.5 cups for children ages 4-8, and 3 cups a day for teens and adults.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.