Harvard experts say yoghurt can prevent diabetes

Experts at Harvard School of Public Health in the US found out that a regular dose of yoghurt could decrease chances of developing diabetes by a huge percentage.

According to the research, 28 grams or an ounce of yoghurt daily could reduce diabetes risk to almost 80%.

The study focused on type 2 diabetes and involved around 200,000 men and women. The subjects were studied for up to 30 years, taking in account their regular diet.

A cup of yoghurt a day can keep the doctor away, at least your diabetes doctor.

At the start of the study, none of the subjects had diabetes, but at the end of it 15,156 or more than 50% acquired the disease.

Examination on their diet yielded that milk or cheese had no exclusive effect, on the contrary, there are a huge percentage of those who had yoghurt as part of their regular diet who did not develop the disease.

Professor and head researcher Frank Hu (CORR) highlighted the effect of yoghurt on the study.

“We found that higher intake of yoghurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy did not show this association,” he said.

Hu stressed that yoghurt can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern due to its low cost and positive effect on health.

The study, already published in journal BMC Medicine supports other studies that put yoghurt in positive light.

Bacteria contained in yoghurt are thought to have a positive effect on metabolism as well capability to pump out obesity-fuelling toxins.

Dr. Alasdair Rankin, of charity Diabetes UK in an interview commended Hu’s research adding but warned against confusing causation and correlation.

“This work adds to existing evidence that people who eat yoghurt are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, but what it doesn’t tell us is whether eating yoghurt can directly reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. It could be that those eating yoghurt who took part in the study were more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, which we know can help to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes,” he said.
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