A new study has found that men who drink more than two glasses of milk daily may be at greater risk of developing prostate cancer. The study, conducted by researchers from Loma Linda University in California, looked at the dietary habits of men and found that those who consumed high levels of dairy milk were up to twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as those who drank less.
Do Health Benefits Outweigh the Risks?
It’s no secret that consuming dairy milk is linked with a number of health benefits. But this recent study has found that drinking dairy milk may also increase your risk of prostate cancer.
Researchers analyzed the dietary intake of over 28,000 North American men who were initially free of cancer. Each participant was required to participate in food questionnaires about their diet and a baseline questionnaire that included demographics, physical activity, family history of prostate cancer, alcohol consumption, prostate cancer screening, and BMI.
Cancer state registries were used to follow up on the participants’ prostate cancer status over an eight-year period. By the end of the study period, the registries reported 1,254 new prostate cancer cases among the participants who consumed the most dairy.
The study found no associations between increased prostate cancer risk and intake of non-dairy calcium, suggesting substances other than calcium play a role in the risk dairy foods poses for prostate cancer. This study provides important information for men who are considering their dietary choices and underscores the need for further research into the link between non-dairy milk and prostate cancer risk.
Researchers believe one possible reason for these associations between dairy milk and prostate cancer might be the sex hormone content of dairy milk. Prostate cancer is a hormone-responsive type of cancer, and up to 75% of lactating dairy cows are pregnant. Prior reports have also reported an association between intake of dairy and other animal proteins with higher blood levels of a hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is thought to promote certain cancers.
While the findings are significant, further research is needed to determine whether there is a direct causal link between dairy milk and prostate cancer. Nonetheless, this new information provides another reason to reduce or abstain from drinking dairy milk.
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