Yogurt may lower diabetes risk
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say that people who consume more yogurt may have less risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Pooling data from three large studies, the scientists gathered information on the dairy food intake of more than 195,000 health professionals over several decades. During that time, almost 15,000 of those health professionals developed type 2 diabetes. Analysis showed that while there appeared to be no link between overall dairy consumption and lower diabetes risk, those people who ate at least one serving of yogurt a day had an 18 percent less risk of developing the condition.
Previous studies have suggested that calcium, magnesium and certain fatty acids in dairy products may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Research also suggests that the probiotic bacteria in yogurt can help improve the balance of fats and antioxidants in people with type 2 diabetes.
The scientists called for clinical trials on the correlation between yogurt and diabetes risk since their research did not prove that eating yogurt actually causes a lower risk of diabetes.
An estimated 366 million people in the world today are living with type 2 diabetes. That number is projected to rise to 522 million by 2030.