(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, ScD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a prospective analysis using data from >96,000 white postmenopausal women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study and men aged ≥50 years 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 13–18.

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% increased risk of hip fracture in men (relative risk [RR], 1.09; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.01–1.17), 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% CI, 0.98–1.14). In women, teenage milk consumption was not associated with hip fractures (RR, 1 per glass per day; 95% CI, 0.95–1.05).

“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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