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David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD Biography

Director of Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children's Hospital Boston
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"

“Animal milk is not necessary for human health, though it does provide several key nutrients. They include calcium, a key component in bone growth, and vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and may also be important for optimal cardiovascular health, immune function, neurological function, and diabetes prevention. But beyond this, children who drink milk regularly tend not to consume soft drinks and other non-nutritious beverages. In fact, it looks like the biggest benefit of milk may be the way it tends to displace less healthful products from the diet.”

“Focus on Fitness,” Scholastic Early Childhood Today, Nov.-Dec. 2006.

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital Boston, 1995
  • Pediatric Residency, Children’s Hospital Boston, 1993
  • Pediatric Internship, Children’s Hospital Boston, 1991
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, 1990
  • PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, 1988
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