High intakes of dairy products increase the risk for prostate cancer, according to a new meta-analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers analyzed data from 32 different studies and found total dairy product, total milk, low-fat milk, cheese, and dietary calcium intakes were incrementally associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer.
The Physicians Health Study, tracking 21,660 participants for 28 years, found an increased risk of prostate cancer for those who consumed ≥ 2.5 servings of dairy products per day, compared with those who consumed ≤ 0.5 servings a day. Read more about studies examining dairy products’ connection to prostate cancer risk as well as other health risks.
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