New research in the journal Diabetes Care shows that consuming lowfat dairy products may help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in women.
In the study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health,
Results show that women with the highest intake of dairy foods were 21 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest dairy intakes. In addition, the researchers reported that each serving increase per day of dairy reduced diabetes risk by about 4 percent.
The researchers say the benefit received from a high intake of low-fat dairy foods on diabetes risk in the study was independent of dietary calcium and vitamin D.
While the researchers did adjust for factors such as weight, physical activity, family history of disease, body mass index, smoking status, alcohol consumption, use of hormones, and high cholesterol, they caution that more research is needed to confirm their findings.
The research was reported in the July 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care.
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