Eating yogurt may prevent diabetes


A recent research study published in the journal Diabetologia last February shows that consuming low-fat, fermented dairy products, particularly yogurt, may help prevent diabetes. Eating about 1 cup (80 g) of yogurt per day was associated with a 24% decreased risk of developing incident diabetes compared with eating none.

The study found an association between eating yogurt and lowered risk of diabetes. Part of the positive effect of eating yogurt seems to stem from the fact that people who eat yogurt also eat fewer unhealthy desserts and snacks, the researchers said. They found that replacing a serving of chips with a serving of yogurt reduced the risk of diabetes by 47%.

Still, there is reason to think yogurt may lower the risk, the researchers said. Yogurt is a fermented dairy product, and contains a specific type of vitamin K, as well as probiotics, both of which have been suggested to protect against diabetes, the researchers said.

The researchers didnt find a link between total dairy consumption and the risk for diabetes, suggesting that only some dairy products may be beneficial in reducing the risk for this condition....

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