Updated Calcium and Vitamin D Guidelines
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released new dietary recommendations for calcium and vitamin D intakes, known as Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), used broadly by health professionals and policy makers to guide consumers' dietary patterns. Citing a strong body of new scientific evidence, the IOM based their recommendations on bone health outcomes, confirming the importance of vitamin D and calcium in promoting bone growth and maintenance through various stages of life. It is imperative for consumers to get adequate amounts of these essential nutrients every day preferably through foods.
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FDA Approves Health Claim - Calcium and Vitamin D for Bone Health
Oct. 2008 - The Food and Drug Administration has released a final rule for health claims on the relationship between calcium and vitamin D and reduced risk of osteoporosis. These claims will help communicate the critical role of these nutrients for bone health at all ages. They can be used on the packages of reduced-fat, lowfat and fat free milk and yogurt varieties, as well as other food products that qualify as excellent sources. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, nutrient-rich dairy foods contain a unique package of bone-building nutrients, including magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and protein.
Physical Activity Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The new guidelines include recommendations for people of all ages and physical conditions and are designed so people can easily fit physical activity into their daily lives. According to the guidelines, adults gain substantial health benefits from two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity, and children benefit from an hour or more of physical activity a day.
DASH Eating Plan Website
Get the Dish on DASH at www.dashdietoregon.org. DASH Diet Oregon is a colorful and interactive site for consumers and health professionals. Get started with free downloadable tools, tips, recipes and the interactive Rate Your Plate quiz. The DASH eating plan is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for reducing high blood pressure and preventing other chronic diseases.
Probiotics and Prebiotics
Research shows specific health benefits with regular consumption of probiotics and/or prebiotics. Though to achieve a particular effect, the bacteria needs to be the proper strain, the amount needed and as a product that will support the bacteria. Summary information can be found in JADA (March 2008) and Today's Dietitian (May 2008).
For probiotics to be beneficial for patients and consumer, consistent and practical science-based information needs to be developed. Additional consumer tools will be added as available.
Your Guide to Diet and Diabetes
Nutrition research shows that optimal health and health habits originate early in life. Conditions such as osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity - all traditionally associated with adulthood - are "down aging," appearing in early childhood and adolescence as well. Intervention of health-promoting habits early in life is critical if we are to avoid a potential medical meltdown of health care resources.
In an interview, Francine R. Kaufman MD, sheds light on the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, and the implications if this becomes an epidemic in the United States. Dr. Kaufman is a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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