BonesDairy excess can damage our bones.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Pohnpei does a good job of pointing out what we need to consider. Studies like these are not accident. They are designed to prove or disprove a hypothesis. That being said, the study would not take into account other things such as the protein to calcium ratio or the effect of vitamin D. Always keep in mind for every "fact" there are other considerations that might disprove them.

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The origin of this theory is a WHO report from 2002. This report has observed that a higher number of fractures are found in the Nordic countries, where they register the highest consumption of milk, unlike countries with low consumption of milk (e.g.Japan), where the number of fractures is small.

But , let's not forget the fact that japanese eat soy and soy's phytoestrogens protect the skeleton.

On the other hand, in the Nordic countries the sunlight is not powerful and, without sunlight, there is no vitamin D.

The deficit of vitamin D makes impossible the process of fixing calcium in our bones.

However, we should not discount a major implication drawn by some who have studied this sort of result.  What they say is that osteoporosis is connected to having too high of a protein to calcium ratio, not by the simple fact of dairy consumption. This would explain why rich countries (where people eat a lot of protein) see more of these problems than poorer countries (where less protein is eaten and therefore protein to calcium ratios would be lower).

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The origin of this theory is a WHO report from 2002. This report has observed that a higher number of fractures are found in the Nordic countries, where they register the highest consumption of milk, unlike countries with low consumption of milk (e.g.Japan), where the number of fractures is small.

But , let's not forget the fact that japanese eat soy and soy's phytoestrogens protect the skeleton.

On the other hand, in the Nordic countries the sunlight is not powerful and, without sunlight, there is no vitamin D.

The deficit of vitamin D makes impossible the process of fixing calcium in our bones.

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