Low-Fat Dairy May Lower Diabetes Risk

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0,0

Men may want to incorporate low-fat dairy products into their diets to ward off type 2 diabetes,reported researchers in the Archives of Internal Medicine (May 9, 2005). The researchers basedtheir findings on data from 41,254 men without a history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, andcancer at the beginning of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

"During 12 years of follow-up, we documented 1243 [new] cases of type 2 diabetes,"said theresearchers. "Each serving-per-day increase in total dairy intake was associated with a 9% lowerrisk for type 2 diabetes."The researchers noted, "When we examined the association with dairyproducts stratified by their fat contents, the significant inverse association was primarily limited tolow-fat dairy consumption. Most individual low-fat dairy products and ice cream showed a similarinverse trend, but only skim milk reached statistical significance."