Study Suggests Milk May Actually Increase The Risk Of Bone Fracture

November 3, 2014 1:59 PM

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Despite what most people have heard their entire lives, milk may not be so good for bones or for longevity, according to a new study in the journal BMJ. The research found that consuming more milk was linked to greater risk of bone fractures and to earlier mortality. Meanwhile, cheese, yogurt, and other fermented products appeared to be “safe.” It’s not quite clear why, but the research suggests that milk alone may increase inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. The research raises some interesting possibilities, namely that milk isn’t all it’s been cracked up to be by the recommending organizations. And, at least till more research is done, that moderation is probably wise.

Recent years have raised some questions about the role of cow’s milk in human health. It’s been shown to be linked to heart disease and diabetes, whereas yogurt and other fermented products have been linked to improved heart health. In preventing bone fractures, the research has been more conflictin...

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