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Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women

Same effect was not seen in men, and high cheese intake was tied to poorer knee health

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She said that estrogen's role in bone health may help explain why milk intake seems to help ward off arthritis in the knees of women but not men. Calcium may also affect bone health in women in a different way than it does for men, she added.

According to Mittler, the high fat content of cheese may explain why that food actually sped knee arthritis progression.

Santori added that drinking milk is not the only route to healthier knees.

"There are steps you can take to reduce symptoms," she said. "Most importantly, maintain a healthy weight not only to reduce pressure on the joints but also to reduce the inflammatory action of fat tissue. Consuming vitamin C for cartilage production as well as omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other anti-inflammatory agents may also be beneficial."

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