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Drinking Milk As Teen Not Tied to Later Hip Fracture Risk

Positive association seen for men attenuated after adjustment for height

Drinking Milk As Teen Not Tied to Later Hip Fracture Risk

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Milk consumption during teenage years is not associated with the risk of hip fracture in older adults, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Diane Feskanich, Sc.D., from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a prospective analysis using data from more than 96,000 white postmenopausal women participating in the Nurses' Health Study and men aged 50 years and older from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study over 22 years of follow-up. At baseline, participants reported the frequency of milk and other food consumption during ages 13 to 18.

The researchers identified 1,226 hip fractures in women and 490 in men during follow-up. Each additional glass of milk per day during teenage years correlated with a significant 9 percent increased risk of hip fracture in men (relative risk [RR], 1.09; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 1.01 to 1.17), after adjustment for known risk factors and current consumption. With the addition of height to the model, the association was attenuated (RR, 1.06; 95 percent CI, 0.98 to 1.14). In women, teenage milk consumption was not associated with hip fractures (RR, 1.00 per glass per day; 95 percent CI, 0.95 to 1.05).

"Greater milk consumption during teenage years was not associated with a lower risk of hip fracture in older adults," the authors conclude.

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