British Medical Journal Ruins Dairy Industry's Day
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NotMilk.com
October 2015

Are there any more old-wives' tales from dad's wife or mom's mom or your first grade teacher you wish to hear about milk, calcium, and bones?

On September 29, 2015, The British Medical Journal made my day after publishing a study which ruined the day for the dairy farmers of America.

THE SUBJECT: "Calcium intake and risk of fracture: systematic review"

THE RESEARCHER(S):

Mark J Bolland (and team), Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand [email protected]

THE EVIDENCE:

"50 reports from 44 cohort studies of relations between dietary calcium, milk, or dairy intake and fracture outcomes."

THE RESULTS:

"For dietary calcium, most studies reported no association between calcium intake and fracture for hip, for vertebral, and for forearm fracture. For milk and dairy intake, most studies also reported no associations. In randomized (44,505 subjects), there was no effect on risk of fracture at any site."

CONCLUSIONS

"In summary, our analyses indicate that dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture, and there is no evidence currently that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures. Calcium supplements have small inconsistent benefits on fracture reduction but probably have an unfavorable risk/benefit profile. There was no risk reduction in fracture at any site in pooled analyses of the randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements at lowest risk of bias, and there was evidence of publication bias in small-moderate sized trials. Collectively, these results suggest that clinicians, advocacy organizations, and health policymakers should not recommend increasing calcium intake for fracture prevention, either with calcium supplements or through dietary sources."

Are there any more old-wives' tales from dad's wife or mom's mom or your first grade teacher you wish to hear about milk, calcium, and bones?


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