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Dairy Products Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes

Sep, 2020

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According to previous studies, dairy-rich diets are associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

According to the research published in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care journal, eating at least 2 daily servings of dairy may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The team also noted that the observed relations were strongest for full-fat dairy products. Some prior studies suggest that dairy-rich diets are associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Metabolic condition is a mixture of several conditions that increase the risk of heart diseases.

The research was conducted to determine the risk of metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and diabetes among those who consumed dairy products. During this research, the researchers involved around 147,812 people aged 35 to 70 years from 21 countries. All the participants were asked to fill questionnaires that include dietary intake of the past 12 months, personal medical history, smoking, educational attainment, use of prescription medicines, and measurements of height, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure. From the questionnaires, average daily dairy consumption was found to be 179g; 65 g was low fat and 124.5g was full fat.

Dairy products such as yogurt, milk, cheese yogurt drinks, and more were classified as full or low fat. The team examined some dairy products such as cream and butter separately as these are not part of the usual dietary intake in some of the countries. Further, the researchers examined available data of around 112,922 individuals on all 5 components; fasting blood glucose, blood fats, low levels of high-density cholesterol, waist circumference, and blood pressure. The team found that eating at least 2 daily servings of dairy reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome by 24%. Moreover, at least 2 daily servings of dairy reduce the risk of both high blood pressure and diabetes by 11-12%.

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