A recent study has shown that yogurt could be an efficient way of avoiding type 2 diabetes. Apparently only yogurt has this property while other dairy products don’t.
The study involved 41,436 men, ages 40-75, for a period of 14 years. The study also involved two groups of women, with a total of 153,022 participants. The women were of ages 25-55 and the study was made on a period of 20 years and other of 18 years.
The participants were studied on a regular basis in order to determine their daily diet, including how much dairy products they consumed. The researchers then determined which of the participants had developed type 2 diabetes. There was a certain number of people who developed type 2 diabetes.
The scientists determined that an intake of yogurt daily lead to a decrease in the development of type 2 diabetes. One serving of yogurt per day was associated with an 18% lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The participants ate various types of yogurt, including non-flavored, flavors, non-fat, full-fat and low-fat yogurt.
Other dairy products were not associated with a decrease in developing type 2 diabetes. Also, the amount of fat from yogurt was not relevant in developing type 2 diabetes, according to the new study.
Scientists said that one of the reasons yogurt could stop type 2 diabetes from developing is due t the fact that yogurt contains whey protein and probiotics, among other ingredients, that are beneficial for blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
In a previous study, scientists found that eating yogurt on a regular basis can help prevent weight gain, which is one of the factors that lead to type 2 diabetes. Those who participated in the study did not lose any weight from eating yogurt but they did not gain any, either.
The scientists concluded: “We found that higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy are not appreciably associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes.”