Fitness, Women's Health

Got Knee Arthritis? Drink Milk.

Strange but true, or at least suggested by a recent study: milk may slow the progression of knee arthritis in women. HealthDaymilk reports that researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have found that the more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. The same benefit was not true for yogurt and cheese, and there was no correlation between milk and arthritis found for men. The research, published in Arthritis Care & Research, involved 1,260 women and almost 900 men with knee arthritis. Scientists tracked the subjects diets and assessed the condition of their knees at the start of the study and again 12, 24, 36 and 48 months later. No, the researchers aren’t sure why milk slows arthritis. As they say, “more research is needed.”

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