The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been updated in relation to diabetes thanks to new research on yogurt. According to the research, while dairy products in general do not have an effect on the risks of developing diabetes, yogurt can play a role in keeping diabetes away.
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in BMC Medicine examined the relationship between dairy consumption and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. In the past, dairy has been thought to increase the risks of developing diabetes, and the study was not focused on yogurt specifically.
Researchers pulled data from a very large participant sample culled from three different data pools and followed participants for 30 years. Each of the three groups were given “validated food-frequency” questionnaires to establish a baseline on their dairy consumption. Participants then filled out the same questionnaire every four years, which resulted in “3,984,203 person-years” of follow-up.
Lead researcher Frank B. Hu and colleagues concluded, “Higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of T2D, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy are not appreciably associated with incidence of T2D.”
As reported by Science Daily, an additional study found similar results. “Research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that higher consumption of yogurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset Type 2 diabetes by 28 percent. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that in fact higher consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products, which include all yogurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24 percent overall.”
Nutritionists are likely thrilled with the findings that yogurt can reduce the risk of developing diabetes because the probiotics in yogurt have additional health properties.
“Seventy percent of our immune response is directed toward catching foreign invaders introduced through our guts … As probiotics may offer a helping hand in tamping down unwelcome bodily invaders, I would be happy to recommend yogurt to a patient,” says Roberta Lee, medical director at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City.
Dietician Mandy Seay from Texas is a firm believer in the health benefits of yogurt and is no doubt pleased to add diabetes prevention to her list.
On weight loss alone Seay writes, “In a review published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2012, researchers found that including dairy products, such as yogurt, in a weight loss (energy-restricted) diet can significantly affect weight, body fat mass, lean mass and waist circumference when compared to usual weight loss diets that do not regularly include dairy.”
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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40g/1 ½oz butter
2 onions, finely chopped
3 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp cumin seeds
½ tbsp dried chilli flakes
2 heads of cauliflower, broken into florets and roughly chopped
1.5 pints hot chicken or vegetable stock
For the yogurt
50g/2 oz butter
Juice of ½ lemon
150g/5 oz Greek yogurt
Add a splash of oil and the butter to a large, heavy pan and place over a
medium-low heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic and a little salt and fry for
eight minutes until it begins to soften. Turn the heat up to medium and add
the cumin and continue to fry for another five minutes until everything
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appearing on the bottom of the pan. It should begin to start smelling nutty.
As soon as it reaches this stage, squeeze in the lemon and immediately take
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I have had the same breakfast meal for the last 30 years. No kidding. Ever since college, I have enjoyed my cup of coffee yogurt in the morning. Heck, sometimes I even throw on some whipped crème (people add crème to their coffee, right?).
My children find this ritual strange, my husband just knows I am quirky, and most my friends don’t know about my coffee yogurt obsession.
Today, I can be proud of my healthy habit (minus the whipped crème) and be confident that continuing my daily yogurt consumption will be beneficial in the long run. According to a recent study, higher intake of yogurt was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, the study found that there was a dose-response relationship with yogurt. With more servings of daily yogurt, the risk of diabetes dropped even more.
One daily serving (defined as only 2 tablespoons or 28grams) was linked to an 18% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk. There are approximately 150 grams (5.3 ounces) in several Dannon yogurt packages. Therefore this study from Biomedcentral Medicine December 2014, suggests a healthy incremental benefit from eating daily yogurt packets.
The study, conducted by a team out of Harvard School of Public Health, reviewed data from three larger studies that had collected information on dairy food intake from over 195,000 health professionals. Over several decades time, approximately 15,000 participants developed type 2 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9.3% of Americans have diabetes (approximately 29 million people).
Unfortunately, researchers found no association with other dairy foods and reductions of type 2 diabetes risks. In other words, ice cream is not on the healthy list. For me, this investigation reinforces the fact that my 30-year morning coffee yogurt intake is my daily dose of healthy indulgence. I hope you find yours.
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