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08-01-2016

Research Hints At Milk Drinking Dangers

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Milk's long-standing reputation as an essential and healthy part of our western diets has maybe taken a severe blow, at least for adult women, with surprising new results released after large scale research in Sweden. Professor Karl Michaelsson of the University of Uppsala warns that women who drink more than three glasses of milk a day put themselves at an increased risk of bone fractures, or even an early death, and that female regular milk drinkers should consider cutting their intake radically.

This advice is in direct contradiction of the recommendations of the USA's Department of Agriculture, which says that drinking three or more glasses a day will significantly reduce the risk of heart disease as well as improving bone and joint health. Clearly, the science behind at least one of these conclusions must be faulty if they disagree so much, and so the research from Scandinavia would seem to be worthy of further exploration if it's to overturn existing advice.

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The specific cause of danger in milk was identified in the Swedish study as a sugar compound going under the name of galactose, which in large doses can trigger oxidisation and inflammation, leading to longer term health problems, particularly in women. Initial problems include bone strength degeneration and a higher risk of fracture, with a resulting reduction in life expectancy. These effects were first noticed in the agricultural animal population, and so the respected Swedish academics decided to test whether similar effects could be observed in human milk drinkers, and set about conducting a scientific study over a large set of data.

At first glance, the research certainly needs to be taken seriously, including as it does a sample of over sixty one thousand women of varying ages between the ages of 39 and 74, along with more than forty five thousand men of between 49 and 74. While no specific results were reported among the male sample, it was reported that fully eighteen thousand of the woman had fractured bones of one degree or another.

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