How Milk Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Milk and dairy products are among the food items that are consumed globally and we have been doing so since many generations. However, in recent times, milk and milk products have come under attack from certain sources. There are claims that milk may not be as healthy as it is made out to be. So, what should you do as a consumer? Should you stop having your glass of milk or stop consuming dairy products? Well, probably not! It’s because there’s enough evidence to support the benefits of milk and milk products. One of those benefits is that milk and milk products can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

One of the major problems affecting humanity today is obesity, which in itself is problematic and it also increases the risk of other diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. The obesity epidemic is a global phenomenon, which is why it’s necessary to identify what’s causing it. Some reports claim that milk is linked to obesity and consequently the development of Type 2 diabetes. However, such claims are not true since research studies reveal a different picture. In a recent study, it has been revealed that children with highest intake of dairy products faced 38 percent less risk of being overweight or obese, as compared to children with lowest diary intake. The study also revealed that adding one more serving of dairy per day reduced the risk of being overweight or obese by 13 percent.

The above study clearly reveals that milk and milk products do not lead to weight gain or obesity. There have also been studies that have tried to find out any direct link between dairy consumption and diabetes. The results of these studies have either shown no clear evidence or have confirmed the benefits of consuming milk and milk products. The findings of these studies have been consistent with a Mendelian randomization study that utilized genetic polymorphisms for the lactase gene. It was observed that lactose tolerance did not lead to an increased risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes.

Milk and milk products actually help prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes since they are rich in high-quality protein. These superior proteins have a satiating effect on hunger, which naturally prevents over-consumption of food. Milk and milk products also aid in muscle protein synthesis, which is very useful for weight loss and weight maintenance after weight loss.These findings are based on various cohort studies involving thousands of study subjects. As such, you can rest assured about the benefits of milk and consume it every day for improved health and energy.


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