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Dairy intake revisited - associations between dairy intake and lifestyle related cardio-metabolic risk factors in a high milk consuming population

Journal article
Authors I. Johansson
L. M. Nilsson
A. Esberg
J. H. Jansson
Anna Winkvist
Published in Nutrition Journal
Volume 17
ISSN 1475-2891
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Language en
Keywords Dairy products, Milk, Cheese, Butter, Fermented milk, Non-fermented milk, BMI, Serum lipids, Blood, cardiovascular-disease, mendelian randomization, myocardial-infarction, consumption, sweden, women, mortality, obesity, prevention, health, Nutrition & Dietetics, hoenfeld d, 1980, biometrika, v67, p145, chaelsson k, 2014, bmj-brit med j, v349
Subject categories Clinical Medicine


BackgroundThe association between milk and dairy intake and the incidence of cardiometabolic diseases, cancer and mortality has been evaluated in many studies, but these studies have had conflicting results with no clear conclusion on causal or confounding associations. The present study aims to further address this association by cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluation of the associations between exposure to various types of dairy products and metabolic risk markers among inhabitants in northern Sweden while taking other lifestyle factors into account.MethodsRespondents in the Vasterbotten Intervention Programme with complete and plausible diet data between 1991 and 2016 were included, yielding 124,934 observations from 90,512 unique subjects. For longitudinal analysis, 27,682 participants with a visit 8-12years after the first visit were identified. All participants completed a validated Food Frequency Questionnaire. Metabolic risk markers, including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, serum (S) cholesterol and triglycerides, and blood glucose, were measured. Participants were categorized into quintiles by intake of dairy products, and risk (odds ratios, OR) of undesirable levels of metabolic risk markers was assessed in multivariable logistic regression analyses. In longitudinal analyses, intake quintiles were related to desirable levels of metabolic risk markers at both visits or deterioration at follow-up using Cox regression analyses.ResultsThe OR of being classified with an undesirable BMI decreased with increasing quintiles of total dairy, cheese and butter intake but increased with increasing non-fermented milk intake. The OR of being classified with an undesirable S-cholesterol level increased with increasing intake of total dairy, butter and high fat (3%) non-fermented milk, whereas an undesirable S-triglyceride level was inversely associated with cheese and butter intake in women. In longitudinal analyses, increasing butter intake was associated with deterioration of S-cholesterol and blood glucose levels, whereas increasing cheese intake was associated with a lower risk of deterioration of S-triglycerides.ConclusionsConfounding factors likely contribute to the demonstrated association between dairy intake and mortality, and other medical conditions and analyses should be stratified by dairy type.

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