One vital reason men may want to cut down on dairy

Your mother always advised you to finish your milk. Ad after ad on TV and in print asked you the question, “Got milk?”

So, generations of us grew up thinking of the white liquid as a vital part of a healthy diet.

In fact, check out any current food pyramid and you’ll still see a tall glass of milk taking its place of honor in the dairy section of the chart.

But, is dairy really healthy for us?

Well, according to a new study, the answer might be a resounding no — especially for all the men out there…

High rates of prostate cancer linked to high rates of dairy consumption

Past scientific studies have shown that the primary source of calcium in Western countries (the U.S. included) is dairy products, like milk and cheese. It just so happens that Western countries are also where the rates of prostate cancer are the highest.

On the other hand, in Asian countries where the intake of dairy products is quite low, there are also lower rates of the cancer.

Coincidence or not?

That’s what the researchers from the Mayo Clinic set out to determine…

They reviewed 47 separate studies published since 2006 that included more than 1,000,000 participants. And, the verdict is in…

Without a doubt, the researchers found a link between high consumption of dairy products and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

It looks like the American diet, heavy on dairy, is fueling higher prostate cancer rates.

A prostate cancer-free diet?

You may be wondering about other types of food too.

After all, if dairy could be a problem, are other animal-based foods an issue?

Not according to the research…

The Mayo team said that they found no clear association of increased risk of prostate cancer linked to other animal-based foods, including red and white meat, processed meats and fish…

Which is good news for any man who’s not ready to give up his steak, chicken, or other favorite meat dishes.

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And, there’s more good news.

The team was also able to identify the type of diet that not only doesn’t raise your risk of prostate cancer but actually lowers it — a plant-based diet.

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That means that if you are willing to forgo your usual hamburger and embrace plant proteins instead, you could grab some big prostate benefits.

That’s no small matter when you consider that almost 12 percent of men will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life and the even more frightening fact that prostate cancer has the second-highest mortality rate of all cancer in men — behind only lung cancer.

So, for all the men out there who are willing to take every necessary step to limit their risk of prostate cancer as much as possible, follow the advice I gave my husband after reading the results of this study…

Skip the cheese and milk completely, go for less pork, steak, and chicken and eat a lot more veggies and veggie proteins. While your mother may not have given the right advice when it came to drinking your milk, she was absolutely correct that you should always eat your vegetables.

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  1. Mayo Clinic researchers find dairy products associated with higher risk of prostate cancer — EurekAlert
  2. Top 10 Cancers Causing Death in Men — Verywell Health
Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.