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  1. Health and Nutrition News

  2. Feb 14, 2020

Fractures and Cancer: The New England Journal Weighs In on Dairy Products

An extended commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine points out that dairy consumption is unnecessary and may be harmful. 

Harvard researchers evaluated available evidence on dairy consumption and health outcomes, including growth and development, cancer risk, bone health, and body weight, and concluded that high consumption of dairy products does not protect against bone fractures in adults and may increase the risk for fractures, prostate cancer, and endometrial cancer. Evidence does not support an increase in daily recommendations for dairy consumption.


Willett WC, Ludwig DS. Milk and health. N Engl J Med. 2020;382:644-654.

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