In a study recently published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), researchers studied the effects of a milk free diet on bone health in young adult patients who had an IgE-mediated cow's milk allergy. Since their diagnosis in infancy, all had strictly avoided dairy products, including those containing baked milk.
Study findings showed that milk allergic patients are at high risk for fractures from early osteoporosis. Nutritional evaluation of these patients showed that they had inadequate calcium intake despite using calcium supplements and eating calcium-rich foods. This risk for early osteoporosis appears to be reversible upon desensitization with milk oral immunotherapy.
"The authors emphasize that awareness of this problem by pediatricians, allergists, and other care-givers is necessary in order to initiate early preventative nutritional strategies."