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Consuming more than one low-fat but not high-fat dairy product per day was associated with a 35-40% increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease compared to those that had less than one serving of low-fat dairy.

The overall risk of developing Parkinson’s disease was still quite low. Out of the 5,830 trial participants that consumed low-fat dairy only 1% of developed Parkinson’s. The 77,864 people who consumed less than one serving of low-fat dairy per day only 0.6% developed Parkinson’s disease.

While this is an interesting observation (particularly since the finding was limited to low-fat dairy and not high fat), there is still much more to explore. Since this was not a controlled trial and the study did not control for other confounding factors (since it was looking at baseline characteristics) it is possible that other things associated with low-fat dairy consumption may increase Parkinson’s risk. For example, people that eat low-fat dairy products also may be more likely to consume other low-fat products, many which historically have had transfats in them. More research needs to be done before any conclusions can be made.

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    Btw, regular coffee consumption has a strongly protective effect against Parkinson’s. So better have it black or with full-fat milk :)

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      Are there any specific studies that you know of showing that milk is associated with inflammation? I’ve been searching the internet but there is just so much information to sort through. Thanks for all that you do!