Same effect was not seen in men, other dairy products tied to poorer knee health.
By Robert Preidt of HealthDay News:
Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can’t be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says.
The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Milk consumption did not show the same benefit for men, however.
Researchers led by Dr. Bing Lu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston also found that eating higher amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women.
Taking in higher amounts of yogurt had no effect on knee arthritis in either women or men, the study found.
Osteoarthritis is the leading form of arthritis and affects nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older, the researchers noted, and knee arthritis tends to be more common and severe in women.
(Read More: courtesy of Everyday Health)