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Calcium Needs at all Life Stages

Few foods help deliver the calcium needed at every stage of life better than live and active culture yogurt. And because it comes in so many flavors and varieties, yogurt appeals to every member of the family. Keep yogurt stocked in your refrigerator for a calcium-rich snack or meal, any time, every day.

Yogurt - For Growing and Active Kids

Calcium is critical for bone growth, development, and maintenance at every age and stage of life. From the start, toddlers have an increased need for dietary calcium to support bone growth and skeletal development that takes place rapidly in the early years of life. This development - and the accompanying calcium need - continues into the teenage years and is particularly crucial for adolescent girls who need to stock their calcium supplies to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Adequate calcium intake at this stage is needed to support ongoing bone growth and to achieve peak bone mass.

Of the five food groups identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid, the milk group is of key concern to growing children. While children need calcium, studies show they're not meeting the recommended minimum of two servings a day. Parents can help by serving live and active culture yogurt that helps satisfy their calcium needs and pleases their kids' taste buds. In addition to being well tolerated by lactose-sensitive children, yogurt is rich in calcium, high in protein, convenient, versatile and tasty.

Yogurt - For Maintaining Adult Health

Recent studies have revealed a possible link between calcium consumption and the ability to maintain normal blood pressure although this link is still being explored. Hypertension occurs in approximately 20 percent of all pregnancies. For pregnant women under age 25, adequate calcium intake is especially important because their bones are still increasing in density1.

African-Americans, who typically take in lower amounts of calcium-rich foods and have higher rates of hypertension, likely would benefit from an increase in dietary calcium2. Men too could stand to benefit from proper calcium consumption. Studies are being conducted to verify whether dietary calcium may protect against colon cancer, currently a leading cause of death among men in America.

Yogurt - Providing Calcium Later in Life

As the body matures, the need for calcium only increases. After adults achieve peak bone mass at age 35 they begin to experience gradual bone loss. Calcium alone can help minimize this loss and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. For postmenopausal women especially, increasing calcium intake may be critical in helping to reduce bone loss. A recent study showed that women three to six years past menopause who increased their calcium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day for three years slowed bone loss. Scientific evidence also indicates that, for the elderly, calcium lowers the rate of bone loss and lessens the effects of osteoporosis.3

1 Two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association discuss the effects of dietary calcium on blood pressure and pregnancy-induced pre-eclampsia. ("Effects of dietary calcium supplementation on blood pressure." JAMA 1996; 275:1016, and "Effect of calcium supplementation on pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia." JAMA 1996; 275:1113
2 R. Cooper, C. Rotini, American Journal of Hypertension, 10:7Part:804 - 812
3 Storm, D. et. al. "Calcium supplementation prevents seasonal bone loss and changes in biochemical markers of bone turnover in elderly New England women." Jrnl. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 1998; 83:3817