Dairy & Your Health

By: Scott E. LePor, D.O.

The perspective of dairy and how it impacts our diet and health has gone through some transitions over the last few decades. Dairy has gone from traditionally being considered to being foundational to our overall health to now being questioned whether it is necessary at all for our diet and even more concerning that dairy may actually be unhealthy for us contributing to or even causing many medical problems.

A Question of Health

Questions about dairy started to arise in the 1970’s when medical journals started to publish data suggesting a link between dairy and prostate cancer with one study done in the 1990’s finding that frequent dairy consumption could increase prostate cancer risk by two and one-half times. (1) Since then, more and more data has been and is currently being published showing not only links to cancer but to other health problems as well. These health issu