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Study: Dairy products during childhood could mean longer life

By John Louie S. Ramos     Jul 27, 2009 in Health
In the result of a 65-year long study, researchers found out that individuals who had high calcium intake during their childhood days seem to have a longer life.
According to the study which was published in the July 28th online edition of Heart.
Those who regularly consume dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter in the early stages of their life has higher chances against heart diseases and strokes.
Jolieke van der Pols, the study team leader and a researcher from Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, analyzed data of 1,343 families in England and Scotland which took part in a survey from 1937-1939.
They monitor the health and eating habits of 4,374 of the children between 1948 and 2005. As of 2005, 1,468 of them have died 378 of whom succumbed to heart disease and 121 died from stroke.
From the statistics they found out that children belonging to the group who had the highest intake of calcium and dairy products had lower overall death rates as compared to those who ate less dairy.
However, the researchers pointed out that there is no clear evidence that dairy products has an effect on coronary heart disease or stroke deaths.
Furthermore, the study concluded that dairy product intake during childhood somewhat affect the longevity of a person.
Additional research will be done in order to come up with a more concrete conclusion.
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