Milk & Diabetes

from Coffee Today

People with high intake of fat in dairy products have low probability of developing diabetes, according to research. After studying more than three thousand U.S. 700 adults, researchers found that those with high blood levels of a fatty acid called transpalmitoleico were 60 percent less likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes within 20 years. This would contradict the recommendations to replace the whole milk and cheese by the fat-free versions for health care.

But the experts make it clear that it is too early to choose only the whole milk. On the one hand, it is unknown whether fatty acids reduce the risk of diabetes. Then the whole milk are high in calories and saturated fat increases LDL or “bad” and encouraging the emergence of cardiovascular disease.

“We should not change dietary recommendations from a single study,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at Harvard. But he added that the results are “exciting” and deserve more study.

The findings, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, would provide a possible explanation for previous findings that milk lovers are less likely to develop diabetes than those who consume few dairy products. “I think this study confirms that there is something in the milk that produces that effect,” he said.

Mozaffarian’s team could take into account several risk factors for diabetes in participants, including age, weight, exercise and diet, they did not explain the relationship between dairy fat intake and decreased risk of diabetes.

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