More evidence that dairy can cut diabetes risk

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Another study has come out showing that low-fat dairy products can lower diabetes risk.

According to a study in the November issue of The Journal of Nutrition, a diet high in low-fat dairy products is associated with lower diabetes risk in postmenopausal women, particularly those who are obese.

The study involved 82,076 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study who did not report diabetes at enrollment. During a follow-up questionnaire eight years later, 3,946 cases of diabetes were reported. After controlling for diet, researchers found that low-fat dairy consumption was inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes; in other words, higher consumption was associated with lower risk.

“The inverse relationship was more pronounced in women with a higher (body mass index),” the researchers wrote in this abstract. “Higher yogurt consumption was associated with a significant decrease in diabetes risk,” they said.

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