Bottoms Up! Diabetes and Dairy

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Bottoms Up! Diabetes and Dairy

When High-Fat Milk Is Good for You

Do you choose skim milk to save on calories and because you believe it’s better for your health than whole milk? It might be time to reconsider. A new study finds that people who eat high-fat dairy products are at a significantly lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The study tracked 27,000 people for 14 years. During the study period, 2,680 cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed.

Participants who consumed eight portions of high-fat dairy each day were 23 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate only one portion per day. Researchers did control for other factors (physical activity, smoking) that could have accounted for the difference. And don’t go gulping milk by the gallon: The study’s definition of “eight portions” is about six ounces of whole milk.

These findings join a growing body of research that suggests fat may be more good than bad. And anything that reduces the incidence of diabetes, which hits black folks harder than white folks, has our vote. Of course, if you suffer from lactose intolerance—and studies show up to 75 percent of us are—you may need to try other options.

BHM Edit Staff