I’m reposting this from May 2014 because I think more people would benefit from knowing it, and because I don’t have the money to take out full page “Got Milk?” ads like the USDA sanctioned National Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) does.
I want to put that last study about dairy food and prostate cancer into perspective. It was a very new, not yet published case-control study:
Data from 2953 cases and controls were analyzed. From MedPageToday:
“Compared with men who reported rarely or never drinking milk, low intake was associated with a 33% increase in the odds of advanced prostate cancer, increasing to 43% among men reporting high intake (P=0.037 for trend).”
Let’s contrast that with the findings of the Physician’s Health Study:
Dairy Products, Calcium, And Prostate Cancer Risk In The Physicians’ Health Study, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001
It found a 34% increased risk for prostate cancer for men consuming more than 2.5 servings of dairy per day, compared with men consuming less than a half serving, and concluded:
“These results support the hypothesis that dairy products and calcium are associated with a greater risk of prostate cancer.”
Here’s an excerpt from a Harvard Health Publication on diet and prostate cancer:
“A diet high in dairy products has also been implicated as a risk factor for prostate cancer, and this relationship may have little to do with fat. In nine separate studies, the strongest and most consistent dietary factor linked with prostate cancer was high consumption of milk or dairy products. In the largest of these, the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced or metastatic (spreading) prostate cancer as those who didn’t drink milk at all.”
– Prostate Disease: Finding the Cause and Cure, a Harvard Health Publications Special Health report (2003)
Here’s a 2001 Harvard review of the body of evidence at that time on dairy intake and prostate cancer:
Dairy Products, Calcium, and Vitamin D and Risk of Prostate Cancer, Epidemiological Reviews, 2001
“Seven of 14 case-control and five of nine cohort studies have reported statistically significant positive associations between some aspect of dairy intake and prostate cancer risk. Overall, 12 of the 14 case-control studies and seven of the nine cohort studies observed a positive association for some measure of dairy products and prostate cancer; this is one of the most consistent dietary predictors for prostate cancer in the published literature.”
So, this recent study isn’t unique, it just adds to the large and growing body of evidence linking dairy food to prostate cancer. Why do you suppose this isn’t common knowledge?