Could Drinking Milk Increase Mortality Rates? Plus 7 Alternative Suggestions To Increase Bone Health


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The results of the study showed a that a high milk intake was associated with higher mortality in men and women, and a higher fracture incidence in women. Overall the correlation between high milk intake and risk of premature death was more obvious for women than men.

Professor Karl Michaelsson, the lead author of the study is quoted as saying:

“Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures. A higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.”

While the findings conflict with the current recommendations drastically, it is important to recognise that there are weaknesses in the study. Health guidelines will not be changed based on the results of a single observational study. However, it may be a great time to look at how we can protect ourselves from osteoporosis and find other sources of calcium.

Alternative Ways To Build Strong Bones

Fermented Dairy Products

The study quoted above found that fermented milk behaved very differently in the body compared to a glass of plain milk. Each serving of fermented milk reduced hip fractures and death rates in women by up to 15%. Sour cream, yoghurt and kefir are all fermented milk products that you could try. They can also reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which is linked to cancer.

Green Tea

This has been linked to a reduction in hip fractures for women. Simply drinking 3 cups of green tea per day was seen to reduce fractures by up to 30%. The compounds found in the tea encourage osteoblast activity (bone building) and reduce osteoclasts activity (bone breakdown).greentea3

Black Seed

Black seed contains Nigella Sativa (NS) which has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone and joint diseases. The study conducted to elucidate the protective effect of Nigella Sativa on osteoporosis produced by ovariectomy in rats.


This study published in Florida State University found that menopausal women who ate 10 dried plums per day showed an improvement in bone strength over the corse of a year. The findings of the present study confirmed the ability of dried plum in improving BMD in postmenopausal women in part due to suppressing the rate of bone turnover.

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  1. Interesting article- I’m definitely going to read more about what you’ve reported here. So far from what I understand, the pasteurization and homogenization of dairy are the dangers in milk for a variety of reasons. Raw is best 🙂

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