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  • Milk may help prevent obesity in men and premenopausal women


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    Wednesday, August 24, 2005 2:35 am Email this article
    Overweight and obese men in Portugal are less likely to drink milk than normal weight men according to a new study, suggesting that milk may help to prevent obesity. MEN: Percent of milk drinkers

    In men, 71 percent of normal weight men were milk drinkers compared to 68 percent of overweight men and 61 percent of obese men.

    WOMEN: Percent of milk drinkers

    In women, 76 percent of normal weight women were milk drinkers compared to 72 percent of overweight women and 71 percent of obese women.

    MEN: The more milk they drank, the thinner they tended to be

    Milk was inversely related to body mass index (BMI) in men, that is the more milk consumed the less men tended to weigh, and also in women, but the relationship between the two was weaker.

    Among men who drank milk, the average milk consumption was 368 ml per day (12.4 ounces) for normal weight men, 353 ml per day (11.9 ounces) for overweight men, and 346 ml per day (11.7 ounces) for obese weight men.

    WOMEN: The more milk premenopausal women drank, the thinner they tended to be

    Among women younger than 55-years-old, the average milk consumption was 291 ml per day (9.8 ounces) for normal weight men, 271 ml per day (9.1 ounces) for overweight men, and 269 ml per day (9.1 ounces) for obese weight men.

    Conclusion: Higher calcium intake associated with lower body weight in men and premenopausal women

    “Increased calcium intake is slightly but significantly negatively related with BMI in men and premenopausal women,” the researchers concluded.

    “The lack of relationship in older women might be due to the hormonal status, but awaits further investigation.”

    REFERENCE

    Marques-Vidal P, Goncalves A, Dias C. Milk intake is inversely related to obesity in men and in young women: data from the portuguese health interview survey 1998-1999. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2005 Aug 23

    AUTHOR’S CORRESPONDENCE

    Centro de Nutricao e Metabolismo
    Instituto de Medicina Molecular
    Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa
    Av. Professor Egas Moniz
    Lisboa, Portugal

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