Elderly women who stick with calcium regimen see benefits

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Milk does an elderly woman's body good — at least the calcium part of it does. This according to a new study that says long-term calcium supplementation can effectively help reduce fractures in elderly women.

The 5-year study by researchers in Australia found that when women with an
average age of 75 years old complied with their calcium supplement regimen,
their risk of fractures decreased by 34 %.

The problem is most women don't comply with treatment over the long-term,
researchers said. This, despite the fact that an increase in dietary calcium
intake is thought to prevent fractures caused by the bone-thinning disease
osteoporosis.

Researchers also noted that bone strength improved in study participants
treated with calcium compared to those women receiving a placebo. Study
results appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine.