Milk may offer protection for heart

June 1, 2005 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Milk may offer protection for heart

Study findings from the Llandough Hospital in Cardiff, UK have found that a diet high in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, these study findings suggest milk may cut the risk of stroke by up to 48 percent and heart attack by 12 percent.

To investigate, researchers studied over 600 men who were between 45 and 59 years of age when first evaluated from 1979 to 1983. After recording their weight and food intake for seven days, the subjects were followed for 20 years to assess the occurrence of cardiovascular events. At the beginning of the study, nearly all of the men reported drinking whole milk, but later on virtually all had switched to skim or semi-skim milk.

Men whose milk intake was at or above the median level (187 mL per day) were 48 percent less likely to suffer a stroke and 12 percent less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiac event than men who drank lesser amounts of milk.

Researchers warn that more studies are needed to fully characterize the association between milk intake and the risk of cardiovascular events.

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