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Yogurt May Lower Diabetes Risk

A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)
A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)

(New York Times) – Regular consumption of yogurt may help lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.

Researchers followed almost 200,000 men and women ages 25 to 75 for as long as 30 years, tracking their health with periodic interviews and their diets with detailed food questionnaires. They found 15,156 cases of Type 2 diabetes over the course of the study. Then they pooled their data with data from previous studies in a meta-analysis. The report appears online in BMC Medicine.

After adjusting for age, body mass index, smoking, hypertension and many other health and behavioral characteristics, they found that total dairy consumption, either high-fat or low-fat, was not associated with the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

But yogurt was different. Compared to eating the average amount of 4 ounces a day, eating 12 ounces a day was associated with an 18 percent reduction in the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

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