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Research: Dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease

Researchers Mahshid Dehghan, PhD, Andrew Mente, PhD, Sumathy Rangarajan, MSc, Patrick Sheridan, MSc, Prof Viswanathan Mohan, MD, Romaina Iqbal, PhD et al publish an article in The Lancet of a Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a large multinational cohort study of individuals aged 35–70 years enrolled from 21 countries in five continents.

Dietary guidelines recommend minimising consumption of whole-fat dairy products, as they are a source of saturated fats and presumed to adversely affect blood lipids and increase cardiovascular disease and mortality. Evidence for this contention is sparse and few data for the effects of dairy consumption on health are available from low-income and middle-income countries. Therefore, the researchers aimed to assess the associations between total dairy and specific types of dairy products with mortality and major cardiovascular disease.

The findings were: “Dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease events in a diverse multinational cohort.”

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