Full fat dairy helps in battle against diabetes,
EATING full fat milk and cheese may help in the fight against diabetes, a new study has claimed.
The new study suggests people eating high-fat dairy products are lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those eating less dairy.
Presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna, Austria, it included data for nearly 27,000 people aged 45-74 years.
Using data from the Swedish Malmö Diet and Cancer, it saw people tracked for 14 years during which time 2,680 cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed.
The results showed study participants eating eight portions of high-fat dairy a day (including cream and whole milk) had a 23 per cent lower incidence of developing diabetes than those eating one portion a day.
The same effect was not found for those eating low-fat dairy products.
Lead author Dr Ulrika Ericson of the Lund University Diabetes Center, in Malmö, Sweden, said: “Our observations may contribute to clarifying previous findings regarding dietary fats and their food sources in relation to type 2 diabetes.
“The decreased risk at high intakes of high-fat dairy products, but not of low-fat dairy products, indicate that dairy fat, at least partly, explains observed protective associations between dairy intake and type 2 diabetes.
“Our findings suggest, that in contrast to animal fats in general, fats specific to dairy products may have a role in prevention of type 2 diabetes.”
Dr Judith Bryans, Dairy UK chief executive, welcomed the report.
She said: “This is a really interesting study and very encouraging for the industry to see a number of positive studies for dairy and dairy fat come out in the last couple of years.
“It adds to the body of evidence showing a difference between fat in dairy food and fat in other foods or just fat on its own.
We look forward to studying the detail in the full study when it’s published.”