August 9, 2013

Can Dairy Reduce the Risk of T2D?


dairyDairy intake may not be just for strong bones. A study published in Frontiers in Endocrinology indicates that dairy intake is significantly associated with a reduced T2D risk.

A growing body of scientific evidence has linked dairy intake to a lower T2D risk. After evaluating an evidence-based approach, the correlation between low-fat dairy and T2D risk was unmistakable.

Calcium, vitamin D, dairy fat, and trans-palmitoleic acid all play a part in the healthy benefits of dairy in lowering the risk of T2D.  Furthermore, dairy products are shown to reduce the incidence of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

The dietary significance of calcium, vitamin D, and dairy fat are pretty obvious. But what’s the slow clap about for trans-palmitoleic acid?¬†Trans-palmitoleic acid is an omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid. Trans-palmitoleic acid can influence insulin sensitivity, insulin signaling, and faatty liver deposits.

This study confirms that there is strong, consistent, and accumulating evidence that dairy intake reduces the risk of T2D. Milk just keeps doing the body good.

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