Oh for Cow’s Sake: Drink Milk
A new study by Dr. Larry Tucker (Brigham Young University) found that adults who consumed skim and 1-percent low-fat milk had also experienced ‘several years less biological aging’ when compared to people who consumed two-percent or whole milk. The study involved more than 5,800 adults in the US.
We’ve heard over the years that drinking the lower-fat milk has a positive impact on one’s rate of aging, weight and other medical and physical conditions. This latest study confirms the existing research on dairies impact on one’s physical health and aging.
Dr. Tucker’s study takes milk a drop closer in linking milk to aging with the use of telomeres. Telomeres are compound structures at the end of a chromosome that help protect the chromosome from deterioration – ergo aging. People who drank lower fat milk had longer telomeres (slower aging). But the study also discovered that people who don’t drink milk at all had shorter telomeres (faster aging). So accounting for other variables such as race, diet, exercise and a host of other factors, the research results seem to indicate that some milk is better than none and low fat milk is better than whole milk.
Artwork by: “Cow” by John O Connell (Ireland)