Milk products are essential for elderly people

It is estimated that at the beginning of the 21st century there are 396 million people aged over 65, who account for 13% of the population in developed countries and 5% of the population in developing countries.
Milk products are essential for elderly people

The population will continue aging as a result of the extended life expectancy, advancement in medicine, better hygienic conditions and adequate nutrition. However, the situation of each individual will also depend on their way of life, particularly nutrition, physical activity, smoking, stress, and the occurrence and development of diseases.

Milk and dairy products have been revered for decades as a source of nutrients, but recently we have witnessed a growing trend of products with low or no milk fats. In recent years special attention has been paid to the saturated fatty acids in diet, and consequently in milk and dairy products, which has been often misinterpreted by consumers. Thus, elderly people often omit certain foods based on their personal judgement because they fear excessive intake of fats, which is contrary to the dietary recommendations for older age.

The latest study, the results of which were published in a scientific journal in 2008, reconfirmed that such behaviour may result in insufficient intake of essential nutrients, since milk and dairy products are an important source of protein, minerals and vitamins in the diet of elderly people and are significant for healthy aging. In addition, dietary recommendations suggest a greater importance of adequate intake of energy, protein and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) of milk in comparison to the importance of avoiding saturated fatty acids.