Did your parents insist on serving milk at every meal while you were growing up? Well, new research suggests that this ruling is justified, stating that milk consumption may be linked to a reduction of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Published in the American College of Rheumatology journal, Arthritis Care & Research, researchers explain that women participants who drank fat-free or low-fat milk regularly experienced a significant delay in the progression of knee osteoarthritis.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which cartilage and underlying bone of a joint wears down as a result of “mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint.” Researchers and scientists alike agree that OA is a result of the aging process, and can be exacerbated by little physical activity, obesity, and a poor diet. In 2005, roughly 27 million Americans over the age of 25 were reported to have a form of OA.
So many Americans are affected by arthritis, and growing research is working to reduce the risk. Milk is linked to a number of beneficial health factors including bone health, and now, the delayed progression of OA in the knee. Dr. Bing Lu, the study’s lead investigator, and a group of researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, examined 2,148 participants with knee OA. The participants consisted of 888 men and 1,260 women, and were assessed at 12, 24, 26, and 48 months.
Within their study, researchers discovered that women who progressively increased their milk consumption (from 3 to 7 glasses per week) had a decreased joint space width (from .38mm to .26mm, respectively). Unfortunately, the results for women were not the same for men. Consuming low-fat milk may slow the progression of OA among women, but more research needs to determine what can be said for males.
To learn more about the study, please visit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275163.php. If you suffer with osteoarthritis or any form of arthritis, contact a American Spine representative today. Don’t let pain interfere with your life, and get the care you deserve!
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