DIET&FITNESS Published December8, 2014 By Staff Writer

Yogurt Can Lessen Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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Yogurt Can Lessen Type 2 Diabetes Risk
(Photo : Frozen Yogurt (Wikipedia))

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in America today. On a larger scale, it affects 366 million people world wide. 

With this high prevalence of the disease, it is good news that a group of researchers recently found a diet staple to be helpful in chopping down one's risk to it. This staple food item is yogurt. 

In the research process, the group analysed information on food intake by about 15,000 participants in a span of 30 years. Generally, the participants intake of other dairy products -- such as cheese and milk -- did not show any significant effect in the development diabetes. 

However, it has been found that a daily intake of about 28 grams of yogurt each day chops down a person's risk to the disease by approximately 18 percent. 

While the study's researchers along with other doctors are yet to confirm how yogurt makes this possible, these findings encourage them to, in return, encourage their patients to eat yogurt regularly. This is, of course, given that the food item has been proven not to cause any adverse effects such as in the case of lactose intolerant people. 

It is also important to note that the findings of this recent studies is not a stand-alone set of information. These findings are more of a confirmation to studies that have given the same regard to yogurt and its type 2 diabetes risk dwindling quality. 

Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology in Harvard, one of the study's primary researchers advised that yogurt alone will not cut down one's type 2 diabetes risk.  

Professor Hu says participants of the study who have shown the positive effects brought on by their yogurt intake are the same people who incorporate regular exercise and an over-all healthy diet into their lifestyle. 

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