Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dairy Good for Diabetes

Health benefits from dairy products are getting more attention. Two new studies show that those who incorporate lowfat dairy products into their diets can lower blood pressure and reduce type 2 diabetes.

New research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that a diet including lowfat dairy products helped lower blood pressure more than a typical lowfat diet. The diet included increased physical activity and resulted in weight loss.

The diet, known as dietary approaches to stop hypertension, or DASH, diet, includes three daily servings of lowfat dairy foods, plus eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Another study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that men who drank 2 to 3 cups of lowfat or nonfat milk each day were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes during a 12-year study.

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston analyzed data from more than 41,000 male study participants�most in their 50s�with no history of diabetes, heart disease or cancer at the start of the study.

They found that each per-day serving increase in lowfat dairy intake was associated with a 9-percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes. However, the reduction was seen only in participants who consumed lowfat or nonfat dairy products, and not in those who drank whole milk.

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