Yes. People with arthritis can drink milk and consume dairy products. A research paper found no significant impact of avoiding dairy products to control the symptoms of arthritis. On the contrary, a few research papers suggest that dairy products and milk may reduce the symptoms of pain or stiffness due to arthritis. However, these papers clearly suggest that more human trials are needed as available evidence does not explain the mechanism through which milk reduces arthritis.
Besides this, a website suggests that going dairy-free cures arthritis is a myth. Also, no evidence directly links milk consumption with inflammation due to arthritis.
Regular milk consumption can be a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein that can reduce the progression of osteoarthritis. In case some people do not want to drink extra calories from milk, they can opt for low-fat milk. However, it is always beneficial to get a customised diet plan depending upon individual needs as it can help better with controlling arthritis. Getting a diet plan will accommodate daily nutrient intake demand even for people who are lactose intolerant or unable to digest dairy products.
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