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Milk, Yogurt Can Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted April 23, 2002

— Diabetes is a problem for many of you, but researchers claim eating and drinking dairy products could help reduce your risk of diabetes.

Twenty-five percent of adults have a condition called insulin-resistant syndrome. The insulin in their bodies does not control blood sugar as it should.

People with insulin resistance are more likely to be obese, have high blood sugar and cholesterol problems. All of these increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes. A new study finds that the more dairy products you eat, the lower your risk of developing insulin resistant syndrome.

"Those who were eating high amounts of dairy products, five or more times per day eating dairy products, they were 70 percent less likely to develop insulin-resistant syndrome over the 10-year period," researcher Dr. Mark Pereira said.

Researchers claim they do not know why this happens. It could be the effect of certain components in milk such as calcium, lactose or protein.

They also said it may be that dairy foods are more filling so you eat less. Whatever the reason, the benefits were evident regardless of the person's other eating habits and lifestyle.

"All these different types of dairy products, milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. appear to offer protection from developing insulin-resistance syndrome," Pereira said.

In the study, it did not matter if people ate full fat or reduced-fat dairy products. The benefits were the same, but for other health reasons, experts say it is best to stick with lower fat foods.


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