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Yogurt a Day Keeps Diabetes Away: Why Nutritionists Love It

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 04:18 PM

The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been updated in relation to diabetes thanks to new research on yogurt. According to the research, while dairy products in general do not have an effect on the risks of developing diabetes, yogurt can play a role in keeping diabetes away.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in BMC Medicine examined the relationship between dairy consumption and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. In the past, dairy has been thought to increase the risks of developing diabetes, and the study was not focused on yogurt specifically.

Researchers pulled data from a very large participant sample culled from three different data pools and followed participants for 30 years. Each of the three groups were given "validated food-frequency" questionnaires to establish a baseline on their dairy consumption. Participants then filled out the same questionnaire every four years, which resulted in "3,984,203 person-years" of follow-up.

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Lead researcher Frank B. Hu and colleagues concluded, "Higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of T2D, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy are not appreciably associated with incidence of T2D."

As reported by Science Daily, an additional study found similar results. "Research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that higher consumption of yogurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset Type 2 diabetes by 28 percent. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that in fact higher consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products, which include all yogurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24 percent overall."

Nutritionists are likely thrilled with the findings that yogurt can reduce the risk of developing diabetes because the probiotics in yogurt have additional health properties. 

"Seventy percent of our immune response is directed toward catching foreign invaders introduced through our guts … As probiotics may offer a helping hand in tamping down unwelcome bodily invaders, I would be happy to recommend yogurt to a patient," says Roberta Lee, medical director at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City.

Dietician Mandy Seay from Texas is a firm believer in the health benefits of yogurt and is no doubt pleased to add diabetes prevention to her list.

On weight loss alone Seay writes, "In a review published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2012, researchers found that including dairy products, such as yogurt, in a weight loss (energy-restricted) diet can significantly affect weight, body fat mass, lean mass and waist circumference when compared to usual weight loss diets that do not regularly include dairy."

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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