Diabetes risk cut by drinking milk16th July 2007
A study by researchers at the University of Cardiff has shown that drinking a pint of milk every day could stop men from developing diabetes and heart disease.
The study of 2,375 men, carried out over 20 years, showed that consumption of dairy products lessened the danger of developing metabolic syndrome. The syndrome has been proved to heighten the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
At the beginning of the study, 15% of the men had metabolic syndrome and showed a significantly increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. They were shown to have 62% less risk of metabolic syndrome if they drank a pint or more of milk daily.
Men with metabolic syndrome were 50% more likely to die than those without the condition.
Researchers asked the participants to log their weekly food consumption in order to ascertain how much dairy produce was eaten.
The study's head, Professor Peter Elwood, said the research added to "the evidence that milk and dairy products fit well into a healthy eating pattern."
Jemma Edwards, care advisor at Diabetes UK, cautioned against eating huge amounts of dairy products to prevent the conditions.
She said: "We would recommend people aim to eat two to three servings of low fat dairy a day. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and physical activity are vital in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes."
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Title: Diabetes risk cut by drinking milk
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3479
Date Added: 16th Jul 2007