The Mysterious Link Between Diabetes and Milk: Are You At Risk?

Diabetes, as we have noted before, is epidemic in the United States. The number of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes is huge, and the number is growing. This, of course, does not even take into account the large number of Americans who are considered pre-diabetic or who have yet to be diagnosed.

But an interesting food connection to diabetes has been found to specific foods such as milk. For example, see what David Guitierrez writes:

“People who eat more full-fat dairy products (made from “whole” milk), are significantly less likely to develop diabetes than people who eat less of these foods, according to a study published recently in the journal Circulation.

“The study is just the latest in a growing body of research showing that, contrary to decades of official dietary advice, full-fat milk products are actually better for your body than low-fat or “skim” milk products.

“In fact, there is no credible scientific evidence specifically linking low-fat dairy to improved health, and plenty of evidence in the other direction. The growing recognition of this fact is spurring renewed calls for changes to official dietary recommendations.”

That’s right, eating higher fat dairy products actually reduces the chances of that person developing diabetes. In fact, people studied over a 15 year period “who ate more full-fat dairy were 46 percent less likely to develop diabetes than people who ate less.”

There is also the benefit indicated by other studies “that people who eat more full-fat dairy are likely to weigh less, not more, partially because higher-fat foods make you feel full sooner.” This tends to lend credence to the thinking behind the Atkins Diet.

Also, note that studies do not indicate any change to body mass index (BMI) for people who consumed medium or low fat dairy.

This information caused the co-author of the Circulation study referenced in the beginning of this article, Dariush Mozaffarian, to call for a change in dietary standards around dairy. In fact a shift has already been happening with, for example, “he top nutrition advisory board for the United States dropped a 40-year recommendation to limit cholesterol intake, concluding that no scientific evidence supported such advice.”

The bottom line: consider returning to eating healthy fats in your diet.

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