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Dairy Decreases Diabetes

Posted Sep 13 2013 10:09pm

Dairy milk, cheeses, and yogurts are rich sources of calcium, a mineral that increases insulin secretion and may reduce insulin resistance.  Dagfinn Aune, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of 17 cohort studies of dairy product intake and risk of type-2 diabetes.  The team observed that high intake of dairy products was associated with a significant decrease in the risk of type-2 diabetes, with low-fat dairy products conferring the most pronounced effect.   The study authors conclude that: “This meta-analysis suggests that there is a significant inverse association between intakes of dairy products, low-fat dairy products, and cheese and risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Dagfinn Aune, Teresa Norat, Paå Romundstad, Lars J Vatten.  “Dairy products and the risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of cohort studies.”  Am J Clin Nutr., August 14, 2013.

  
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• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.

• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.

• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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