Research Shows Drinking Milk Can Increase Cancer and Fracture Risk
Can Milk Cause Cancer?
Newer research has correlated cancer with the over consumption of calcium stemming largely from the excess and availability of dairy products. The Harvard School of Public Health has associated milk with two specific types of cancer:
- Ovarian Cancer: A study looked at women with high intake of lactose (milk sugar) consuming approximately 3 cups of milk daily. It showed they had a mildly increased risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers have hypothesized that this may be due to do how farming practices have changed and the hormone contents of milk are bringing on more hormone-related cancers.
- Prostate Cancer: A study out of Harvard where men consumed 2 or more glasses of milk per day, showed that they were twice as likely to get prostate cancer as those who didn’t consume milk at all. This study concluded that the results may be with calcium itself, showing consumers of more than 2,000mg of calcium/day were twice as likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who consumed 500mg or less daily.
Milk is High in Saturated Fat
In a strange caveat, the USDA guidelines encourage Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables and to avoid foods high in saturated fats, yet they pour tax dollars into subsidies for dairy farmers and give nearly nothing for farmers producing fruits and vegetables. Is our government getting it twisted? Fat is a healthy component of a balanced diet, but high saturated fat intake (especially saturated fats from animal products) has been associated with heart disease. What about fat free dairy products? While it is true that fat free dairy products like skim milk have the fat removed, consumers typically get that saturated fat back from other dairy products like butter, ice cream, or processed foods.
Milk Increases Risk of Death
A Swedish study with 61,000 women and 45,000 men evaluated participants using food frequency questionnaires. The women were tracked for twenty years while the men were tracked for eleven years. The study looked to evaluate the mortality risk of milk consumption between genders. The results showed that the women in the study with high milk intake (3 or more glasses per day) hadtwo timesthe risk of death and heart disease. Men also had an increase in mortality, albeit much smaller.
Researchers are saying a possible explanation may be from the milk sugar galactose, present in milk. Galactose can cause oxidative stress leading to inflammation and stress within the body.
Milk Puts Women at Higher Risk of Fractures
The same Swedish study discussed above also looked at fracture risk associated with milk consumption. For women, the study showed that drinking more than one glass of milk per day increased fracture risk by 7%. Additionally, drinking more than two glasses of milk per day increased fracture risk in women by 16%. The study did not show an association in fracture risk for men.
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