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Dec 8, 2005

Got Milk? May Be Too Much

Got Milk? May Be Too Much
It goes without telling that too much of even the best things may be bad for you. Sugar is good for the body, and is required as energy source for the brain and heart, but what happens if we consume too much sugar?

It's not quite the same comparison, but a new study has found that drinking too much milk may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. This study directly contradicts the latest government dietary guidelines released earlier this year. These guidelines recommend that all adults drink 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products a day. This may include a cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt, 1.5 ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese.

Xiang Gao, PhD, the lead investigator of this new study which was published in the latest issue of the prestigious Journal of National Cancer Institute disagrees with the government recommendations. Gao and his colleagues say that caution should be exerted before embracing this government recommendation. These researchers reviewed 12 studies, conducted between 1966 and 2005, which examined dairy and calcium intake and prostate cancer incidence.

Based on their analysis they report that men who ate the most dairy products had an 11% increase in prostate cancer risk compared with men who ate the fewest. Men with the highest intake of calcium were 39% more likely to develop prostate cancer than men with the lowest.

You may argue that this 11 percent increase in risk is only a modest increase and should not cause too much concern. But, think about it, about 240,000 new cases of prostate cancers are diagnosed in the United State each year. Even a modest increase in the prostate cancer risk caused by the adoption of government guidelines would translate in to a staggering increase in the number of new prostate cancer patients.


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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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