While the dairy industry has inundated the public with commercials and advertisements that insist that milk is a healthy part of everyone’s diet, science had proven otherwise. The main “benefit” of milk that the dairy lobby pushes is that it “helps build strong bones” due to its calcium content. However, what they don’t tell you is that scientific studies have proven that milk consumption increases the risks of four types of cancer. Read on to find out what types of cancer are linked to dairy consumption and what dairy does to your body that increases your cancer risk.
Why Dairy Consumption Increases Breast, Ovarian, Colorectal, and Prostate Cancer Risks
First, let’s take a look at why consuming dairy products can increase you risk of developing many types of cancer. That main reason that dairy products encourage cancer development is because consuming them frequently increases the level of a growth factor in your body called IGF-1, which is also called insulin-like growth factor. This growth factor is important for babies and children who are still growing, but too much is very harmful to the health of grown adults.
What happens when adults have too much IGF-1 in their bodies and no natural growth to support? It wants to encourage something to grow… so, it causes healthy body cells to grow and mutate into cancerous ones. Once a person has cancer, it can also encourage those cells to replicate faster.
Is it starting to make sense now why breast milk is healthy for babies, but not healthy for adults? Milk is designed by nature to help babies and children grow, but it was never meant for adult consumption.
More Studies Linking Milk and Dairy Consumption To Cancer
It is not just vegans and natural health advocates who recognize the connection between dairy consumption and elevated risks of cancer. Numerous formal medical studies have proven the risks, as well.
This study shows that milk consumption doesn’t just double or triple your risk of breast cancer, but it makes you 7 times more likely to develop it!
Studies have shown that women who drink just one glass of dairy milk a day increase their risk of ovarian cancer by over 70 percent.
Medical studies have also confirmed that milk consumption is a huge risk factor in the development of prostate cancer.
Elevated IGF-1 is also a large risk factor in the development of colorectal cancer as shown in this study and many more.
Every adult who cares about their health should at least look to cut down on their dairy consumption, or even better, eliminate it completely from their diet. There are milk-free alternatives to virtually every dairy product you love and many healthier sources of calcium.