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Dairy May Slash Diabetes Risk

A fatty acid present in dairy may cut diabetes risk according to a recent study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. They published their findings in the December 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on 3,736 participants who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study between the years 1992 and 2006.

The researchers found a strong association between levels of trans-palmitoleic acid, the fatty acid found in dairy, and diabetes risk. Participants with the highest levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had an impressive 60% lower risk of developing diabetes.

The researchers noted that the magnitude of these findings was “striking” and further trials should be conducted to verify the relationship.

In the meantime, there are many other reasons to add more dairy to your diet. Previous studies have shown that dairy may help with weight loss, cardiovascular health and bone health. Many dairy products are also fortified with vitamin D, which also has a large list of benefits.

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