Disease Prevention

Not only are milk and dairy foods delicious, but they also can reduce your risk for chronic diseases.

In fact, studies show nutrient-rich dairy foods, when consumed as part of a healthy diet, may help to reduce the risk of diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as improve overall diet quality for adults and children.

What’s dairy’s role in preventing osteoporosis?

Dairy foods are an excellent source of several essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin D, that work together to help protect bones. By enjoying 3 servings of lowfat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese every day, families, especially children and teens in their peak bone-building years, can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

What is dairy’s role in maintaining healthy blood pressure?

Research shows the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is a balanced eating plan that includes 2-3 servings of dairy foods and 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables, may help lower blood pressure. Dairy foods are an integral part of DASH because they contain a trio of minerals — calcium, potassium and magnesium — that play an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

Can dairy foods reduce the risk of chronic diseases?

Studies also shows that, for those ages 9 and older, enjoying 3 servings of lowfat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day, as part of a balanced eating plan, may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke.

A growing body of evidence also indicates that milk and milk products are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.