Osteoporosis and Dairy
- An estimated 10 million in the U.S. already have the disease.
- Women are at higher risk than men.
- Another 34 million Americans have low bone density, putting them at increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist.
- About one-quarter of those who suffer a hip fracture die within a year of the injury.
- Osteoporosis-related fractures were responsible for an estimated $19 billion in health care costs in 2005, with that figure expected to increase to $25 billion by 2025.
‘Dairy milk does increase bone density, but this comes at a terrible price. The latest research is showing that far from protecting bones, milk actually increases the risk of osteoporosis by eroding bone-making cells. Also, people with osteoporosis have a much higher incidence of heart disease and cancer, and the evidence is pointing at milk as the common factor.
Author Russell Eaton
“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.”
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.”
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
“What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity.”
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
“Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
“About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis.”
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
“Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)
“Increasing one’s protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double.”
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
“The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more.”
Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988
“Calcium intake demonstrated no protective in preventing bone fractures. In fact, those populations with the highest calcium intakes had higher fracture rates than those with more modest calcium intakes.”
Calif Tissue Int 1992;50
“There is no significant association between teenaged milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures… women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly increased risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from nondairy sources.”
12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women American Journal of Public Health 1997;87
“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures…metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium.”
American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139
“It is hard to turn on the television without hearing commercials suggesting that milk promotes strong bones. The commercials do not point out that only 30 percent of milk’s calcium is absorbed by the body or that osteoporosis is common among milk drinkers. Nor do they help you correct the real causes of bone loss.”
–Dr. Neal Barnard
“The dairy folks, ever since the 1920s, have been enormously successful in cultivating an environment within virtually all segments of our society–from research and education to public relations and politics–to have us believing that cow’s milk and its products are manna from heaven. … Make no mistake about it; the dairy industry has been virtually in total control of any and all public health information that ever rises to the level of public scrutiny.”
Says Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the world’s leading epidemiological researcher in the field of diet and health,
“The association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.”
–Dr. T. Colin Campbell
“Milk, it now seems clear, is not the solution to poor bone density. To the contrary, it’s part of the problem.”
–Dr. Charles Attwood