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Eating More Yogurt Could Lower Your Risk for Diabetes

Yogurt that could lower diabetes riskFans of yogurt may just have another good reason to stock up on this creamy treat the next time they are at the grocery store. Now yogurt lovers can say they are fighting the onset of diabetes in addition to enjoying a delicious snack.

That’s correct, a new clinical study suggests that yogurt can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 30 percent. The results of this study have been published in the renowned journal Diabetologia. Researchers also found that consuming more low-fat fermented dairy products could lower the overall risk of diabetes by 24 percent.

Known Health Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt and other dairy products have long been touted for their potential health benefits as a part of the standard diet. They are an excellent source of:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Calcium and other minerals

On the hand, they also pack a hefty portion of saturated fat— something your doctor wouldn’t advise eating too much of.

This is not the first time that researchers have looked at the association between consuming dairy products and type 2 diabetes. The previous diabetes clinical trials produced inconclusive results and experts were left with only more questions.

“Specific foods may have an important role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, and are relevant for public health messages,” explained Nita Forouhi, lead scientist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit of the University of Cambridge.

Diabetes has grown to epidemic proportions around the world, affecting nearly 400 million people. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the cost of health care for diabetics could become unmanageable if something is not done to stem this rising tide.

(Do you know the difference between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?)

Europeans Benefit from Eating More Yogurt

None of this research would have been possible if it were not for the EPIC-Norfolk study. More than 25,000 male and female volunteers from Norfolk, England were monitored for 11 years. Researchers analyzed their eating and drinking habits during that time while making careful note of anyone who developed type 2 diabetes.

The research team wanted to determine the risk of diabetes compared to the consumption of total and individual dairy products.

“There have been several meta analyses putting together all the studies on dairy and type 2 diabetes recently and the data is mixed, but overall they show protection from various forms of dairy including yogurt,” stated Peter Clifton, active head of the Nutritional Interventions Laboratory at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

The data would suggest that there is a strong correlation people eating more yogurt and having a significantly lower risk for diabetes. However, experts are still uncertain as to what exactly causes this.

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