By Ikenna Osuoha
Mrs Florence Adeyemi, a septuagenarian and nutritionist, on Tuesday, urged older people to take milk to prevent osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become weak and stiff as the body constantly absorbs
and replaces bone tissue.
She made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on the occasion of World Milk
The Day is annually celebrated on June 1 around the globe to raise awareness about the importance of milk to healthy living.
It is also aimed at publicising activities connected with milk and the milk industry and this year’s theme and focus
is: sustainability in the dairy sector with messages on nutrition.
The nutritionist, therefore, urged older people to see milk as essential dairy required to keep healthy and stronger
bones necessary for longer life.
She added that “milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium, which older adults need to maintain bone strength, preserve muscle strength and prevent osteoporosis.
“For some elderly persons, milk means more than nutrition. It has the potential to provide comfort in their old age otherwise called golden years.”
Adeyemi, who described old age as a blessing, said milk was imperative in the nutritional maintenance of bones for elderly persons.
She emphasised the need for older persons to continue to eat right to enjoy their old age.
The nutritionist, who affirmed the medical benefits of milk to older persons, called on them to develop the habit of taking milk.
She said that some older persons who have no financial ability to afford the dairy required for calcium, needed government to help them with monthly stipends as done in other climes. (NAN)