the myCME.com take:
Women who consume three or more glasses of milk daily may be at increased risk of bone fracture and mortality, a new study in The BMJ suggests. This conflicts with U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations, which suggest that adults drink three cups daily to support bone health and potentially reduce heart disease risk. Here’s what you need to know:
- Women in the study who drank at least three cups of milk per day were nearly 50% more likely to die within the next 20 years compared to those who consumed less than a glass daily. In addition, women’s risk of bone fracture increased as their milk intake increased. Interesting, men did not experience similar effects.
- Fermented dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, were not associated with fracture or increased mortality. Quite to the contrary, women who are the most of these foods were less likely to die or sustain fractures during the study.
- Researchers suspect that galactose, a simple sugar found in milk, may cause oxidative stress and inflammation that result in the negative effects.