A study published this month in the journal Arthritis Care & Research examined the possible connection between milk intake and reduced progression of knee osteoarthritis and its attendant pain. Researchers reported that women who frequently drink milk may reduce the progression of osteoarthritis. In men, a beneficial effect was observed only among those who drank seven or more glasses per week.
Milk consumption has long been recognized for its role in contributing to bone health, but its role in the progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA) is unclear. This study examined the prospective association of milk consumption with radiographic progression of knee OA. Study participants had annual knee x-rays for four consecutive years, to measure joint space width (JSW) between the medial femur and tibia, as a means to determine the speed of OA progression. Read a news story about the research here.
The journal abstract may be read here.