Researchers from Brigham Young University have revealed that drinking skimmed milk can add 4.5 years onto your life

    It’s currently the most popular type of milk in the UK, but if you drink semi-skimmed milk, a new study may persuade you to change to skimmed.

    Researchers from Brigham Young University have revealed that drinking skimmed milk can add 4.5 years onto your life .

    Dr Larry Tucker, who led the study, said: "If you're going to drink high-fat milk, you should be aware that doing so is predictive of or related to some significant consequences."

    The study involved 5,834 participants, including those who drank whole milk, semi-skimmed milk (2%) and skimmed milk.

    During the study, the researchers analysed the participants’ telomeres – the end caps of human chromosomes that are known to correlate with age.

    The older we get, the shorter our telomeres get.

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    The analysis revealed that the more high-fat milk the participants drank the shorter their telomeres were.

    In fact, for every 1% increase in milk fat consumed, telomeres were 69 base pairs shorter, which translates to more than four years of additional ageing.

    Dr Tucker explained: “Milk is probably the most controversial food in our country. If someone asked me to put together a presentation on the value of drinking milk, I could put together a 1-hour presentation that would knock your socks off. You'd think, 'Whoa, everybody should be drinking more milk.'

    “If someone said do the opposite, I could also do that. At the very least, the findings of this study are definitely worth pondering. Maybe there's something here that requires a little more attention.”

    Surprisingly, the study also revealed that people who don’t drink milk at all had shorter telomeres than those who drank skimmed milk.

    Dr Tucker added: “It's not a bad thing to drink milk. You should just be more aware of what type of milk you are drinking."

    Sourse: www.mirror.co.uk

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