Milk may shatter your bones and lead you to an early death
It turns out that milk really may have been a bad choice.
A new study published in the British Medical Journal claims that drinking milk may actually increase the risk of bone fractures and lead to earlier mortality.
So basically, we have been lied to for years.
And not only have we been lied to, the exact opposite of what we’ve been told turns out to be true. Rather than strengthening bones, milk may do the exact opposite as it hurries you into the grave. Next thing you know, there will be a study showing salt may not be that bad for you.
Wait, salt may not be that bad for you? GODDAMMIT!
A group of Swedish researchers set out to examine the long term affects of milk on bones and overall health, and the results were not encouraging for lactose fans. The study specifically focused on cow milk, and for reasons unknown, the increased risks did not extend to other fermented products, like cheese and yogurt.
Other recent studies have also shown that cow’s milk has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Oddly, yogurt, cheese, and similar dairy products have actually been linked to a healthier heart.
The study followed women for two solid decades, and men for 11 years. The researchers asked 45,000 male and 61,000 female participants how often they consumed 96 specific foods, including milk, cheese, and yogurt. The researchers then noted the number of hip and other bone fractures, as well as the mortality rate.
In the group of women there was no beneficial correlation found to drinking milk, and those that drank three or more glasses per day showed a significantly greater risk of fractures. For both men and women, the more milk they drank, the higher the mortality risk.
Cheese, yogurt, and related fermented products actually showed the opposite, leading researchers to theorize that the problem stems from D-galactose, a sugar present in milk that has been linked to accelerated aging.
“Even a low dose of D-galactose induces changes that resemble natural aging in animals,” the study claims, “including shortened life span caused by oxidative stress damage, chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, decreased immune response, and gene transcriptional changes.”
Before you go declaring war on cows, there are a few, fairly significant asterisks to be found throughout the study.
For example, the research didn’t dig deeply into the lives of those being researched. That means many of the people in the study may have already been suffering from bone density issues like osteoporosis, which may have led them to drink more milk. There could also be several other common factors at work that haven’t been uncovered.
Still, the researchers are confident of their results. They cite the time frame of the study, as well as the decreased fracture risk from those that ate yogurt and cheese. They also pointed to the fact that people without bone fractures that drank milk also had a higher risk of mortality.
The researchers claim that more study is needed, but even if the milky white liquid proves to be a silent killer, there is a simple way to cut down on risk. As Oscar Wilde said, everything in moderation, including moderation.