Milk and dairy intake 'not linked to cardiovascular risk'

4 October 2016

Consumption of milk and dairy products cannot be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, according to a new study.

The research was led by the Spanish Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, which made the discovery after identifying a reliable biomarker for measuring intake of milk and dairy products without using questionnaire and interview-based estimations.

Food intake data obtained yearly over five years from more than 7,000 people was combined with figures provided by the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, which included a total of more than 20,000 patients.

Using their reliable genetic marker for dairy product intake, the analysis identified no significant association between a greater dairy intake and increased values for cardiovascular risk factors, including cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose. 

Previous studies have given contradictory results, creating uncertainty about whether milk can increase people's heart health risk. The use of an objective biomarker in this study will help to bring greater clarity to the discussion.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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