Friday, November 7, 2014

High Milk Intake Linked with Higher Fractures and Mortality, Research Suggests

News Brief by Jessica Newfield

Professor Karl Michaelsson’s Swedish research team completed a study that showed a positive association between milk intake and mortality rate. Due to the observational nature of the study, however, a cause and effect relationship could not be determined. Michaelsson and team drew positive correlations between the high levels of lactose and galactose (sugars in milk) and the biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation, which consequently affects the risk of bone fractures and death. 

The results of this study thus question the validity of promoting milk intake to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures. With the global increase in consumption of animal food products (including milk), this study raises the level of urgency to identify the association between milk intake and mortality more definitively.

BMJ-British Medical Journal. "High milk intake linked with higher fractures and mortality, research suggests." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 October 2014. .

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