That glass of milk might be weakening your bones. According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, drinking more milk is not associated with a lower risk of fractures. To the contrary, it was associated with higher mortality in both men and women among participants in the study.
Researchers followed 61,433 women and 45,339 men for an average of 20 years and recorded their fractures, mortality, and how much milk they consumed per day. They found women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day did not have fewer fractures than those who drank less. But here’s the killer… the mortality rates for men and women participating in the survey increased with each daily glass of milk consumed.
The researchers believe the cause for the higher mortality may be galactose, a sugar found in milk that increases inflammation. As I’ve written before, inflammation is linked to many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. These findings call into question the age-old prescription of drinking more than one glass of milk a day to prevent fractures.