Published Online: March 22, 2005
Published in Print: March 23, 2005, as Milk and Bones

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Exercise may play a bigger role in ensuring the growth of strong bones in children than consumption of milk and other dairy products, concludes a study conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a health-advocacy organization based in Washington.

The study, which reviewed 58 published reports on the relationship between dairy products and the risk of fractures, found little or no connection between dairy-product intake and improved bone health. In those studies that did show a relationship, the benefits to bone health were small. A few studies found a more positive relationship between bone health and physical exercise.

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