Eating dairy products helps reduce diabetes risk

A new study has offered further evidence that the consumption of low-fat dairy products can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The research, which was published in The Journal of Nutrition, found that eating a diet that was high in low-fat dairy products is linked with lower diabetes risk in postmenopausal women, especially in women who are also obese. The study monitored over 82,000 postmenopausal women that took part in an observational study and who had not reported their diabetes when enrolling.
When assessing their health eight years later, it was found that there were nearly 4,000 cases of diabetes among the women participants. It was also revealed that low-fat dairy consumption was inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes, and that higher consumption was linked with a lower risk.
The study pointed out “The inverse relationship was more pronounced in women with a higher (body mass index). Higher yogurt consumption was associated with a significant decrease in diabetes risk.”
The findings follow an earlier study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that showed that women who consumed the most dairy products as teenagers experienced a reduced risk from type 2 diabetes when they were adults.

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