Monday, June 9, 2008

Losing Weight Without Losing Bone

“A higher-protein diet that emphasizes lean meats and low-fat dairy foods as sources of protein and calcium can mean weight loss without bone loss--and the evidence is in bone scans taken throughout a new University of Illinois study. The research, which compared the results of a high-protein, dairy-intensive diet with a conventional weight-loss diet based on the food-guide pyramid, was published in this month's Journal of Nutrition. ‘This is an important finding because many people, especially women in mid-life, are concerned with both obesity and osteoporosis,’ said Ellen Evans, a U of I associate professor of kinesiology and community health and member of the U of I Division of Nutritional Sciences. ‘Furthermore, treating obesity often increases risk for osteoporosis. Many people lose bone mass when they lose weight,’ she said.”

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