A new study reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health gives men another good reason to have a daily dose of dairy — it significantly reduces their risk for metabolic syndrome.

When people have two or more of the following: high blood glucose, insulin, blood fats, body fat, and blood pressure, it is defined as metabolic syndrome. Having this syndrome increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease and premature death.

In the study researchers tracked the health of men aged 45 to 59 over 20 years (part of the Caerphilly Prospective Study). They also tracked food and beverage consumption using weekly food diaries. Study results showed that men who drank a pint or more of milk per day reduced their risk for metabolic syndrome by 62 percent. And those who consumed dairy products such as yogurt and cheese daily reduced their risk by 56 percent. In addition, the more total dairy consumed, the less likely the men were to develop the syndrome.

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