Low fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in women

July 12, 2006 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Low fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in women

A new study from Harvard has found that a diet rich in low fat dairy could cut the risk of type-2 diabetes for women by over 20 per cent.

To examine the effects of low fat dairy, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, UCLA, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention tracked over 37,000 women for ten years.

Researchers found that women in the highest dairy intake group had a 21 per cent lower risk of type-2 diabetes than the women in lowest dairy intake group, overall the risk of developing type-2 diabetes was cut by four per cent for each serving-per-day increase in dairy intake.

The mechanism behind the effect is not clear, said the researchers, and further research was necessary to confirm the results and elucidate the active ingredients.

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