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?

6 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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    1. Anonymous

      Its because the people eat dont really often calcium vegetables and fruits there, and people can get calcium only if the people have vitamin D. You get vitam D when you often go out and the sun shines to your skin, and when you dont cover your body. In Iran the womens have to cover their body and so they cant get vitam d and get bad bones.

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    2. nicki

      Its because the people eat dont really often calcium vegetables and fruits there, and people can get calcium only if the people have vitamin D. You get vitam D when you often go out and the sun shines to your skin, and when you dont cover your body. In Iran the womens have to cover their body and so they cant get vitam d and get bad bones.

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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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