Study Addresses Dairy Consumption and Frailty in Older Adults Interview with:
Dr. Alberto Lana
Department of Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health Area
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Lana: Healthy diets are associated with lower risk of frailty among elderly, but we thought that knowing the role of particular foods is essential to establish prevention measures. Dairy products are substantial sources of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, especially for older adults. Thus, dairy products could theoretically reduce the incidence of frailty. But high milk consumption could also have deleterious effects because it adds saturated fatty acids to diet and could increases oxidative stress. So the advice regarding dairy consumption remains unclear.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Lana: According to our results, clinicians should recommend replacing whole-fat products with low-fat ones. Generally, patients should be educated to perform always healthy dietetic choices.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Lana: As has been previously mentioned, our results suggest that, in individuals with low consumption of low-fat yogurt and milk, an increase in consumption of these products may be a useful and easy-to-implement intervention to prevent frailty. Nevertheless, the efficacy of this intervention should be assessed in experimental studies.


J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Aug 27. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13626. [Epub ahead of print]

Dairy Consumption and Risk of Frailty in Older Adults: A Prospective Cohort Study.

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