Diabetes prevention

Type 2 diabetes: the protective effect of dairy


Research found that the daily consumption of 200 g of yogurt is associated with a 22% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes approximately.

The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes represents about 90% of the diabetes cases in France. It commonly appears after the age of 45 years and is characterized by insulin resistance in liver and muscle cells. Recent epidemiological studies and meta-analysis found a positive association between the consumption of dairy and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

 22% reduced risk with daily yogurt consumption

This preventive effect is specifically associated with fermented milk products, such as yogurt and cheese. The research data for yogurt are based on 7 studies with 19.082 diabetes cases among 254.892 participants. 200 g of yogurt (little less than 2 servings) was found to be correlated with a 22% risk reduction. But eating more yogurt than suggested, would not have an additional effect on the decreased risk.

Reference: Aune, D. et al., Dairy products and the risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of cohort studies, Am J Clin Nutr October 2013, Vol 98(4), pp. 1066-1083.

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