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Drink Milk to Protect Your Joints?
Created on 4/11/2014

Findings from a newly published study in Arthritis Care and Research have grabbed the attention of the dairy industry, as well as many people with osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is also called degenerative arthritis and generally refers to the kind of joint damage seen with excessive wear and tear. OA is different from other types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, but inflammation likely plays a significant role in OA, too.

Which is part of the reason why the study's findings are so interesting - for those who might be susceptible, dairy contains a protein, called casein, that might actually increase inflammation.

In fact, for people who experience recurrent upper respiratory tract infections, one of the recommendations to be considered is a trial period off dairy to see if symptoms might improve.

And yet, this new study showed that drinking a glass of milk each day may help slow the progression of joint damage related to OA.

However, joint health worsened with the regular eating of cheese.

These findings are preliminary, but promising. It is appealing to consider dietary manipulation as an important part of an effective treatment plan for OA.

And for most people, a trial of having a daily glass of milk in the setting of OA should be safe.

If you have OA, ask your doctor if drinking a little milk each day might be a good idea for you.

Doing so may just help you keep "moooooo-ving."

Okay, that was corny.

But it might be true.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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