“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures…metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium”
American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139.
There is no clear or credible science showing dairy intake = strong bones
Nutritionists and the dairy industry have warned us for many years that a diet without dairy foods can lead to osteoporosis. In spite of all the claims by the dairy industry and recommendations by medical doctors, there is no valid scientific evidence to support this theory. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being built, broken down, and remade. According to the cow’s milk adverts, we in the West should have the strongest bones from the high levels of dairy foods and cow’s milk we ingest. The fact is that people who drink more cows’ milk do not have healthier bones. The reality is that we have the weakest bones with the highest rates of osteoporosis.
“There is no significant association between teenage milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures… women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly increased risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from non-dairy sources”
12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, American Journal of Public Health 1997;87.
High dairy intake coincides with high osteoporosis rates
The countries with the highest intake of dairy foods is always very similar to the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis. This list does change year on year, however the countries with the worst diets – rich in processed dairy foods – still have the highest osteoporosis rates. I link this connection to an over-acidic diet, too much sugar and alcohol, overeating in general, too much reliance on animal proteins and dairy foods, a lack of exercise and a severe lack of good quality fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in the diet.
High dairy intake coincides with high hip fracture rates
A quarter of sixty-five year old women in the United States are diagnosed with osteoporosis. For a person technically to qualify for this label, it means she has lost 50- 75% of the original bone material from her skeleton. That is 1 out of every 4 women of sixty-five years old has lost over half her bone density! Today, more deaths are caused by osteoporosis than cancer of the breast and cervix combined.
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