YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU JOE Three glasses of milk a day linked to earlier death THE humble pinta could be a danger to health and even increase the risk of dying prematurely, according to shocking new research. By: Jo Willey Published: Wed, October 29, 2014 Jo Willey, Milk health problems, health risks of milk, milk health risk, drinking milk health, cons of drinking milk, The study says drinking milk does little to lower the chance of suffering broken bones [ALAMY] Drinking a few half pint glasses of milk every day does nothing to lower the chance of suffering broken bones, the research says, and can make the risk of an early death more likely. The study leaders say further research is needed before any dietary changes are recommended. But they fear the effects of high levels of lactose and galactose found in milk are to blame. These sugars can increase oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the body – both of which are major causes of a host of killer and chronic diseases. The research was conducted at the department of surgical sciences at ­Uppsala University in Sweden. As milk consumption may rise globally with economic development and increasing consumption of animal source foods, the role of milk and mortality needs to be established now Professor Mary Schooling Lead researcher Professor Karl Michaelsson said: “Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures. “The results should, however, be interpreted cautiously given the observational design of our study. “The findings merit independent ­replication before they can be used for dietary recommendations.” Professor Mary Schooling, of New York’s City University, said the new ­findings certainly raised fears about the potential harm of milk. She said: “As milk consumption may rise globally with economic development and increasing consumption of animal source foods, the role of milk and mortality needs to be established now.” A diet rich in milk products is widely recommended to help reduce the likelihood of fractures linked to osteoporosis. But previous research into the importance of milk for the prevention of fractures and the influence on death rates showed conflicting results. The Swedish team set out to examine whether high milk intake may increase oxidative stress, which, in turn, affects mortality and fracture risks. The research, published in the BMJ, looked at the diets and lifestyles of two large groups of men and women over a number of years. In women, the study found no reduction in fracture risk with higher milk consumption. But those who drank more than three glasses of milk a day had a higher risk of death than women who drank less than one glass a day. Men also had a higher risk of death with higher milk consumption but this was less pronounced than in women. Related articles Seven reasons to ditch dairy from your diet Women who drink two cups of tea a day slash risk of ovarian cancer Crisis as thousands of cancer carers neglect their own health, according to new research UK breakthrough for statins patients Further analysis showed a link between milk intake and biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation. In contrast, a high intake of fermented milk products such as yoghurt was associated with lower rates of mortality and fracture, particularly in women. The researchers concluded that a higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and may be linked with higher mortality. But they say their study can only show an association and cannot prove cause and effect. Surrey University’s Professor Susan Lanham-New, consultant for the National Osteoporosis Society, said: “Milk and dairy products in the UK provide 50-60 per cent of the calcium in our diet. “Individuals should still be encouraged to consume a balanced diet of which milk and dairy are key.”
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