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Arne Astrup, MD, PhD Biography

Director of the Department of Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"

“The most recent evidence suggested that intake of milk and dairy products was associated with reduced risk of childhood obesity. In adults, intake of dairy products was shown to improve body composition and facilitate weight loss during energy restriction. In addition, intake of milk and dairy products was associated with a neutral or reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke. Furthermore, the evidence suggested a beneficial effect of milk and dairy intake on bone mineral density but no association with risk of bone fracture. Among cancers, milk and dairy intake was inversely associated with [protective against] colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, gastric cancer, and breast cancer, and not associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, or lung cancer, while the evidence for prostate cancer risk was inconsistent. Finally, consumption of milk and dairy products was not associated with all-cause mortality.”

Co-written with Tanja Kongerslev Thorning, et al., “Milk and Dairy Products: Good or Bad for Human Health? An Assessment of the Totality of Scientific Evidence,”, Nov. 22, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 2012-present
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Professor and Head of Department, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Copenhagen (formerly Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University), 1990-2011
  • Associate Professor, Research Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, 1988-1990
  • Senior Registrar, Herlev Hospital & Gentofte Hospital, 1988-1990
  • Senior Registrar, Hvidovre Hospital, 1986-1988
  • Research Fellow, Department of Endocrinology, Hvidovre Hospital, 1984-1986
  • Research Scholarship, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, 1982-1984
  • Research Scholarship, University of California at San Francisco, 1980
  • DMSc/PhD, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1986
  • MD, University of Copenhagen, 1981
  • Was made a Knight of the First Order of Dannebrog in 2012
  • Was made a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 1999
  • Recipient, International Association for the Study of Obesity Willendorf Award, 2014
  • Recipient, Finnish Association of Internal Medicine Esko Nikkilä Prize, 2012
  • Recipient, American Society for Nutrition Robert H. Herman Award, 2012
  • Recipient, LIFE Innovations Award, 2010
  • Recipient, Nutrition & Santé Weight Management Award (France), 2010
  • Recipient, LIFE Communication Prize, 2007
  • Recipient, Danone Chair in Nutrition Award, The University of Antwerp (Belgium), 2002
  • Recipient, IASO André Mayer Award, 1994
  • Recipient, Servier’s Award for Outstanding Obesity Research, 1990
Quoted in:
  1. Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?