New Study Confirms That Dairy Does Not Prevent Bone Loss Or Fractures - Save Our Bones

Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? It was established in 1937 as a way to promote the supposed health benefits of milk and dairy products.

Yet more and more scientific data keeps bringing to light that dairy does not provide health benefits. In fact, a just-published study further confirms the misinformation about dairy and offers reassurance that Savers are on the right track. Published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, researchers set out to test the long-held misconception that dairy can prevent bone loss and fractures in women across the menopausal transition.

Today we'll take a close look at this fascinating study which further confirms that the Medical Establishment’s recommendations to drink milk for bone health have been wrong all along.

New Study On Dairy And Bone Loss

The authors of the study investigated the relationship between dairy consumption and three very specific outcomes: lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD), femoral neck BMD, and fracture risk. Their work is in part a response to the continued assertion from the Medical Establishment that dairy products offer bone health benefits.

The authors wrote the following about that assertion:

“The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that adults consume three servings per day of low- or nonfat dairy products or alternatives (eg, fortified soymilk). However, the relevance of dairy product consumption for longterm bone health has resurged as some observational studies have suggested consumption to be associated with an increased risk of fractures.”1

The researchers specifically looked at women across the menopausal transition, using data about dairy intake, BMD test results, and fractures from the participants in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Ultimately, they assessed 10 years of femoral neck BMD analysis of 1,109 women and BMD analysis of the lumbar spine for 1,097 women.1

They broke dairy consumption down into four groups based on servings per day:

  • Less than half a serving
  • 0.5 to 1.5 servings
  • 1.5 to 2.5 servings
  • 2.5 or more servings

The analysis of the data they used accounted for different outcomes due to race/ethnicity, age, height, weight, smoking status, physical activity, alcohol consumption, calcium use, menopausal status, and total caloric intake.

Synopsis

A new study compared daily dairy intake to changes in lumbar spine and femoral neck BMD and risk of bone fracture. Researchers tracked the femoral neck BMD of 1,109 women and the lumbar spine BMD of 1,097 women.

Study Concludes That Dairy Doesn't Improve Bone Health

The findings of this study were so remarkably clear that the researchers put the outcome right in the title of the report: “Dairy intake is not associated with improvements in bone mineral density or risk fractures across the menopause transition.” The authors elaborate in the conclusion, which reads as follows:

“There was no evidence on beneficial effects of dairy intake on annualized rates of femoral neck and lumbar spine BMD loss or risk of fractures among middle-aged women, regardless of baseline menopausal status or method used to classify dairy intake.”1

Regardless of confounding variables (weight, age, supplemental status, etc) the women participating in the study received no benefit from consuming dairy products.1

All those years of advertising about the bone health benefits of dairy were (and are still) wrong. Furthermore, we're learning more about the adverse effects of drinking milk, and fewer people are consuming dairy milk at all. In fact, the biggest milk producers in the United States have recently declared bankruptcy, in part due to plummeting demand tied to increased awareness of the truth about milk.

Synopsis

The study authors found that dairy consumption does not benefit bone mineral density nor reduces fracture risk.

The Truth About Milk

As this study clearly concludes, milk is detrimental to your bones and builds on previous research on milk that has found that it negatively affects bone quality and overall health.

First and foremost, dairy milk is acidifying. Like any acidifying food, consuming too much causes serum acidification that triggers the body's natural mechanism for alkalizing its pH — pulling alkalizing calcium from bones.

That's the reason why studies have linked the consumption of dairy products and increased risk of fracture.2

Furthermore, dairy milk has been linked to health problems including:

  • The development of multiple sclerosis3
  • Increased risk of breast and prostate cancer4
  • Triggering the development insulin-dependent diabetes5
  • Allergic response6

In a pH-balanced 80/20 diet, 80 percent of the food should be alkalizing, and only 20 percent acidifying, so it's important to choose nutrient-rich and healthy acidifying foods. Dairy milk, produced commercially via processes that involve hormones, pesticides, and unsanitary conditions, is simply not a healthy addition to your diet.

Fortunately, there are more dairy-free alternatives than ever! The Save Institute recommends almond milk as a replacement for dairy milk in all your recipes and beverages. Other non-dairy milks are also acceptable alternatives, but unlike almond milk, they're acidifying (except for soy milk).

Synopsis

Milk is acidifying, and its impact on your pH results in bone mineral loss. Furthermore, milk is linked to many health conditions, including multiple sclerosis, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, and allergic response.

What This Means To You

This new study comes as no surprise to Savers. The dairy milk industry has spent decades spreading misinformation, even convincing the Medical Establishment to believe faulty data. We are finally seeing the broader understand just how unnecessary and potentially harmful milk is.

Switching to a non-dairy alternative is exactly the sort of diet and lifestyle change that the Osteoporosis Reversal Program teaches. There's no one single simple fix to living a healthier life and building stronger bones, but when you choose a natural drug-free path, every step you take improves not just your bone health, but your overall wellness and quality of life.

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References

1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32404792/

2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8154473/

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065662/

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21557887

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1797491

6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17628647

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  1. Monica Sukowski

    Hi Vivian !…I do not drink milk, but eat some dairy as greek yogurt, cottage cheese & some cheese… are these dairy products problematic for bone loss…and how often & how much dairy be consumed without a problem…Thanks !

  2. jeanne

    Curious what you think about grassfed organic milk and/or kefir regarding bone healthy use? I have heard grassfed organic dairy is the way to go if you want dairy. Also isnt kefir akin to yogurt so should be good?
    Thank you!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Jeanne, organic milk from grass-fed cows is a better choice than regular milk but still can have detrimental effects on your bones and your health. On the other hand, kefir is fermented, so, as you correctly wrote, it’s akin to yogurt.

      The link below takes you to an article about how fermented dairy increases immunity and contains recipes for bone-healthy dips using yogurt:

      https://saveourbones.com/boost-your-immunity-this-fall-with-these-3-bone-healthy-dips/

      Enjoy!

  3. Monica Corrigan

    How about plain Greek yogurt? Is that as bad as milk? I rely partly on Greek yogurt to achieve adequate calcium intake together with vitamin D supplement. I know that calcium supplements can cause calcification of arteries. Therefore as recommended by my physician, I try to get enough calcium through my diet vs supplements. Thankful for your input!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Monica, plain unsweetened yogurt is a bone-healthy food, and it’s actually listed as a Foundation Food in the ORP.

  4. Julia Bones

    I am very disappointed with your interpretation of the article. Nowhere in the article the authors state that milk has a detrimental effect on bones, so your interpretation of the conclusions is false. The author’s conclusion showed that there was no effect on the consumption of dairy products on bone density or fractures (no effect means it did not help or hurt). Additionally, you failed to mention that the article’s focused on dairy products and not specifically on milk. The information you provided in your blog is misleading and could be equated to doctors pushing us to take drugs to reverse osteoporosis when they really do not help and have side effects. I would urge you to read the article in its entirety, and modify your blog so that your readers are well informed.

  5. Judy Sanders

    Does cheese have the same effect on the body as milk???

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Judy, fermented dairy products such as cheese, can be included in a bone-healthy diet if consumed in moderation.

  6. Jane

    I unfortunately agreed to the Prolia injections. After a year and a half, I did not take the fourth shot. Within 6 months I fractured 2 vertebrae. Is there any safe way to get off this drug?

  7. Marcia Stevenson

    Is Flax milk good for your bones? I am drinking it to lower my blood pressure and to improve bone density.

  8. Shamse

    Would please answer me to this email address please

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      We’re delighted to answer your question via email. Please check your inbox within the next 48 hours.

  9. Shamse

    I have been drinking almond milk since I’m with you. I do use yougard and home made cheese and curd from cow milk, is it good or not ? Please advise me.

  10. Charlotte sorenson

    Are you still recommending whey protein, a dairy product?
    Please advise. On your enthusiastic advice, I drink it daily in a smoothie. Thank you.

  11. Eileen

    Hi Vivian, many thanks for emails,very helpful and uplifting, I only take a moderate amount of milk in tea etc. but here in U.K I pay extra cost for half fat organic milk (certified) .The cows are out on grass 80 days through out the summer,just indoors in bad winter months, it is noted that when they first come out in spring they kick up there hooves and run around with glee, Would this milk be more value in moderation ? again many thanks for all your help and advice, Regards Eileen

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      If the cows are not injected hormones and antibiotics, then you’re not consuming those undesirable ingredients. And clearly, free-range cattle are healthier than their locked-up counterparts. I suggest, however, that you switch to a plant-based dairy alternative.

    • Ann

      I am so confused. My concern regarding almond milk, etc, is the type of calcium added. Is it better to choose one with no calcium at all? Is Tri-calcium phosphate ok? I know Calcium carbonate is a no-no. And what about yogurt? Help!

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        The addition of inorganic calcium to non-dairy milk is not ideal, but much less detrimental than drinking cow’s milk. Tricalcium phosphate is manufactured by treating hydroxyapatite with phosphoric acid and slaked lime.

        If you’d like to avoid it altogether, you can make your own almond milk, oat milk, or any other nut milk with a blender or food processor and a few basic ingredients.

        And yogurt is a bone-healthy food, that also boosts your immune system.

  12. HomNes

    Clearly, this study demonstrate that all the dairy products are not efficient for good bone health.
    But the design of this study is incorrect, because it is necessary to discriminate between types of dairy products.
    A few years ago, studies in Sweeden and USA have showed that some categories of dairy products are detremetal for bone health, whereas some others are cleraly beneficial, including general health.
    Going to finance studies which do not discriminate between fermented dairy products (yoghurts, kefir, cheese…) and non fermented (milk and some soft cheese) is wasting money and spreading fake news.
    Yet, it is true : it is difficult to change one’s mind, when one has claimed for monthes something which eventually is not completely correct…
    Good apetite !

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re making a good point. Fermented dairy, such as yogurt, is a bone-healthy food 🙂

  13. Doris Lindsay

    Thank you for this article. It affirms what I have believed for about 23 years. When I reached age 50, I became untrusting of animal milk, especially cow milk, because I learned that the dairy industry fed hormones to cows in order to produce more milk. All of that added hormone plus the cow’s natural hormone is passed into the milk that humans are consuming. I decided that it was dangerous for humans, especially women, to consume hormones when their bodies were naturally decreasing hormones. I claimed then that dairy hormones were a cause of breast cancer. We stopped consuming dairy milk and as soon as almond milk came on the market, we started consuming it in place of dairy milk. At age 73, my bone density is a +.03.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for sharing your story, Doris.

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