Should I Drink Milk? Milk Drinkers Double to Triple Their Risk of Cardiovascular and Cancer Diseases (study)
Milk is for calves! Ok, that sounds a bit harsh you might say. Well wait until you see the results of this study, “Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies,” just published in BMJ. (you can read it here…). You can bet this one wasn’t sponsored by the dairy council or association.
They followed over 60,000 women and 45,000 men in Sweden for a median of 22 and 13 years respectively. During this time, roughly 1/4 of participants died, mostly form cardiovascular disease and cancer. Here are some of the findings:
- Women drinking 3 or more glasses of milk doubled their mortality compared to those drinking less than one glass a day.
- Men drinking 3 or more glasses of milk had less but still significant increased mortality.
- For women, high milk consumption was associated with increased in fractures and increased hip fracture.
- Milk intake was positively associated with oxidative stress as measured by 8-iso-PGF2a in both sexes and interleukin-6 in men.
- Cheese and fermented foods had the opposite effects.
If you must consume dairy, make it fermented or cheese.