Does drinking milk accelerate the ageing process and cause bone fracture and breakage? Yes it does. This is according to results of a recent study from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.
The study was conducted on more than 100,000 people in Sweden, and was based on how much dairy they consumed. The researchers monitored the diets of 61,400 women between 1987 and 1990 and 45,300 men through 1997 by asking them to fill out questionaries on how often they ate common dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt. The health of the female participants was monitored for 20 years, and for 11 years afterwards for the males.
The study published on BMJ concluded that “High milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women.”
In another result, those who consumed more yoghurt, unlike milk, showed a decreased risk of experiencing bone fractures.
The sugars that are found in milk – lactose and galactose, have been shown to accelerate ageing processes such as inflammation and oxidative stress in previous research using animals.
However, a caution was issued by BMJ, saying “Their findings should be interpreted cautiously though because the authors rely on observational not experimental evidence, potentially reflecting correlation not causation.”