A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has revealed that drinking more milk apparently does not lower the risk of hip fracture as an older adult.
While drinking milk during adolescence is recommended to achieve peak bone mass, milk's role in hip fractures later in life has not been established. Drinking more milk is associated with attaining greater height, which is a risk factor for hip fracture, according to the study background.
Diane Feskanich, Sc.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University, Boston, and colleagues examined the association between remembered teenage milk consumption and risk of hip fracture at older ages in a study of more than 96,000 men and women with a follow-up of more than 22 years. During the follow-up, 1,226 hip fractures were reported by women and 490 by men.
Cheese intake during teenage years was not associated with the risk of hip fracture in either men or women.
The authors suggest that further research needs to be done to examine the roles of early milk consumption and height in preventing hip fractures in older adults.