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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."


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I'd like to know more about this study. The majority of cultures around the world do not consume cow milk in any significant quantity and they do not make the news for having osteoporesis in young women. I would like to know what kind of supplementing was done for calcium because it is not as effective if not taken with other supplements like vitamin D. I think this study may not be the final word on this subject.


Have you asked the doc to test for nutritional deficiencies?? I know I recently asked my own doc to check my VitD when she was running other tests.  She initially scoffed that I had no risk factors, but then I reminded her about my limited diet and she added it to humor me.  Well, surprise, it was WAY low! I took high concentration supplements for 2 mo, then switched to a high OTC level.  I've added calcium w/ it as well (she didn't test calcium).

Kathy P

The findings of this study scare me, because I have always worried about this- My daughter is severely allergic to milk- also beef and pork because of the traces of milk within those products- I always worried about the calcium issue and brought it up to my docs, and they seemed to dismiss it and just say as long as she drinks OJ she is fine- well, based on this, that is clearly not the case- I also notice, in comparison to my son, who is not allergic and eats yogurt and drinks milk, that her nails are not as strong and don't grow nearly as quickly- she is also small (height wise) which I can't help but think is a result of the calcium/lack of dairy... our entire family is so tall, and she is the shortest in her class... I keep thinking all of this (nails, short stature) could be a result of lack of calcium in diet... seems that the only "true" source of it comes from cows milk, which obviously is not an option for those of us that have children that cannot consume it....


This has been a constant worry of mine since my girls, 4 and almost 2, were diagnosed with dairy allergies.  I try and provide calcium rich foods and have talked to their pediatricians and allergist about these concerns but they have never had any good suggests on how to help my girls.  Would LOVE to head from the community of ways to help provide early prevention.



I am mom of an 11 yo girl who was diagnosed with daily allergy when she was 3 months old. We try to make sure that she eats calcuim rich food and drinks calcuim fortified orange juice. however, being completely off any dairy products, I think leaves her with insufficient calcium intake. Her blood tests are normal for now. Does anyone have a good idea of might be "early preventative nutritional strategies" if the article seems to be point out that even calcium supplements have not been effective? If the supplements are not effective, can one consume a greater amount of calcium via calcuim rich food? the article seems to suggest that only desentization with milk immunotherapy can help. would much appreciate your comments and suggestions!






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