There is also the point that most commercial milk is from Holsteins, which have the A1 mutated gene. Humans and some dairy cows have the A2 gene. I'd be curious if, in addition to raw milk, those who drink goats milk, which is A2, like people, makes a difference. I'm guessing that the author also controlled for other factors but may have overlooked that.
There is a much bigger picture to the length of our lives, for the length of our time here is pre-determined, whether we drink milk, with any fat content, or no milk at all. Possibly we should be more concerned about the content of our lives, rather than the content of the milk we may or may not drink.
Perhaps those who drink low fat milk also make other conscientious health/food decisions which could also attribute to the difference.
This is pretty reductionist science. There are so many other nutrition and lifestyle factors to consider that this is hardly a soke predictive factor in longevity or overall health. There are far more long term studies showing the consumption of animal protein in the levels commonly found in modern society, having multiple adverse effects on health and longevity.The China Study is a good starting point for research. Also, significant writing and research has been compiled by Jane Birch Ph.D and is well worth searching.
I agree with Michael.I doubt this would be the same result with raw milk. Also,I find it odd, knowing you do not absorb vitamin D in milk without fat,and knowing lower fat milk is supplemented with dry milk,something seems off? It naturally seems less nutriious but your results show different.Including Organic milk in addition to raw milk could show different results as it is double pasturized.
@Michael Hirt, I believe you make a very good point. I have drunk milk my entire life. I'm now in my early 60s, most people would think I am maybe mid 50s. (My health is very good too, in fact I take no meds at all... I don't need any). I currently drink 2% daily, and have most of my adult life.
However, this is my point in commenting here, from a young child until late teens I mostly drank Raw cows milk, with Raw goats milk periodically.
Have you considered doing the same with Raw milk? You may find that the pasteurization and processing of milk is the real culprit. The idea that we kill all the natural things in milk and then add back nutrients makes "milk" something else. It's not milk anymore. Please perform your test on Raw milk before you draw conclusions about milk that may not even be there at all.
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