High-milk diet linked to higher death rate for women
Though milk has long been thought of as being good for bone health, a new study has found that women who consumed three or more glasses of milk a day were surprisingly more likely to suffer fractures and have a higher mortality rate than those who consumed less.
Researchers in Sweden examined the diet of 61,400 women between the years of 1987 to 1990 and 45,300 men in 1997 and then monitored their health for the next couple of years. Participants filled out a dietary questionnaire that examined their dairy intake such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, and researchers tracked how many suffered fractures and what their mortality rate was.
Researchers found that women who drank more than three glasses of milk a day were more prone to fractures as well as having a higher risk of death. Men followed a similar trend albeit less pronounced. However, for those who had a higher intake of fermented dairy products, such as yogurt, the pattern was reversed and found to have beneficial effects.
These findings may confirm previous studies showing milk accelerated aging in animals.
The researchers did note, however, that the research only suggested a trend and did not provide scientific proof that high milk consumption made fractures more likely.