Bone health EB 2014, San Diego

Interview Prof René Rizzoli – Dairy protein and musculoskeletal health

René Rizzoli, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Service of Bone Diseases at the University Hospitals of Geneva, is the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) representative in the Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative (YINI).

In post-menopausal women, yogurt contributes to support intakes of protein and calcium and vitamin D, particularly when enriched in those nutrients.  Dr. Rizzoli has examined extensively the importance of dairy protein for musculoskeletal health.

Dr. Rizzoli participated in a working group within the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) to provide clinical recommendations on protein and vitamin D intakes for prevention of the age-related musculoskeletal disorders in postmenopausal or elderly women.

While external supplementation is available, the working group recommended optimal dietary protein and vitamin D intakes, regular physical exercise and advised consuming preferentially high quality protein, such as those from dairy sources.

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