Study suggests yogurt helps prevent diabetes

Study suggests yogurt helps prevent diabetes

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A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has discovered a strong link between yogurt consumption and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers looked at data gathered from more than 193,000 Americans. Participants who were free from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer completed lifestyle questionnaires every two years, responding to questions on habits and dairy intake. Those who consumed at least a 28 g serving (two tablespoons) of yogurt a day had an 18% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

By the end of the follow-up, 15,000 cases of type 2 diabetes were spotted among those who did not consume yogurt on a daily basis. What’s more, those who consumed yogurt daily also received other benefits, such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein, all of which play a role in digestion and intestinal function.

The study did not clearly outline which type of yogurt is best, but Greek yogurt offers added protein, according to Dr. Victor Marchione, spokesperson for Bel Marra Health.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 25.8 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes, with more than 10 million being adults age 65 and over. Statistics show Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely to have the disease than other ethnicities.

Worldwide, about 366 million have the disease; that number is expected to jump to 552 million by 2030. People with type 2 diabetes are also at greater risk of developing cardiovascular issues, such as stroke and coronary heart disease, says Dr. Marchione.

Dr. Marchione suggests incorporating more fermented milk products into one’s diet. He proposes using yogurt as a cooking and baking substitute for sour cream, for example, or serving it for a creamy dessert with a fresh fruit puree.

“Although Greek yogurt can be a little more expensive, it offers about double the protein of regular yogurt,” Dr. Marchione concludes. “It’s an excellent way to lower…risk of type 2 diabetes and get all the nutrient benefits of dairy.”

(SOURCE: Chen, M., et al., “Dairy consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: 3 cohorts of US adults and an updated meta-analysis,” Harvard University, November 2014, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/215.)

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