Dairy products increase the risk of dying from prostate cancer, according to a meta-analysis published in Nutrition Journal. Researchers reviewed 11 studies that encompassed more than 700,000 participants and assessed dairy intake and cancer mortality rates. Male participants who consumed the most whole milk increased their risk of death from prostate cancer by as much as 50 percent, compared with those who consumed the least amount. Researchers suspect the animal fat and calcium found in milk may contribute to the increased risk.
- Lu W, Chen H, Niu Y, Wu H, Xia D, Wu Y. Dairy products intake and cancer mortality risk: a meta-analysis of 11 population-based cohort studies. Nutr J. 2016;15:91.