If Milk Builds Strong Bones, Why Do People In Countries Who Consume The Most Have Higher Fracture Rates?

Here’s a map of hip fracture rates for men and women. Legend: Red (annual incidence >250/100,000), orange (150–250/100,000), green (<150/100,000).

From: A Systematic Review Of Hip Fracture Incidence And Probability Of Fracture Worldwide, Osteoporosis International, September 2012

HipFractureRatesWorldwide2

Here’s the map of global milk consumption I just posted:

MilkConsumptionGlobal

Source: ChartsBin

If milk builds strong bones, why do people in countries who consume the most have higher fracture rates?

4 thoughts on “If Milk Builds Strong Bones, Why Do People In Countries Who Consume The Most Have Higher Fracture Rates?

  1. Melinda

    What’s odd is that not all the red, high-fracture countries drink a lot of milk. Iran, for instance, is red yet has very little dairy consumption, acc. to the map color. There are other similar discrepancies, though not across the board, of course. So I wonder what accounts for such high Iranian bone fracture rates?

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  2. Bix Post author

    Look at China. They have some of the lowest dairy consumption, and some of the lowest fracture rates.

    I know women who force themselves to eat yogurt and milk and cheese several times a day because they think “it does a body good.” It doesn’t. I’m sorry to say they’ve bought into the marketing.

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