Milk is a part of the life of billions of people on the planet. It is certain that millions of men use it on a daily basis. However, few people know that a familiar substance can have a bad effect on the prostate gland.
A new study by a group of scientists, Loma Linda University of Health from the USA, has shown that drinking milk in large quantities increases the risk of prostate cancer. This is explained by the fact that the product contains special hormones, since about 75% of dairy cows are pregnant. The American authors came to such conclusions after an eight-year study of 28 thousand men.
The male subjects underwent surveys and examinations. The results of the study showed that men who consumed about 430 grams of dairy products per day (1 cup of milk) had a 25% higher risk of prostate cancer than men who consumed only 20.2 grams of dairy products per day (1/2 cup of milk).
“Our results add important weight to other evidence that regular consumption of large amounts of milk is a risk factor for prostate cancer,” said Gary Fraser, MBChB, PhD, principal investigator of the study and professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Fraser advises men with a family history of prostate cancer or other risk factors to be “careful” about consuming even moderate amounts of cow’s milk as part of their diet. “If you think you’re at above—average risk, consider alternatives to soy, oatmeal, cashew and other types of alternative milk,” he said.