After endless exhausting researches on one of the most commonly occurring systemic disease, diabetes type 2, scientists have started urging people worldwide to eliminate the disease through a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that they also consider taking a healthy dose of yoghurt regularly part of the regimen?
The senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Frank Hu says, “We found that higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy did not show this association. The consistent findings for yogurt suggest that it can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.”
For the research, the team recorded the results collected from 3 large cohorts that provided information about the lifestyles and nutritional status of the participants through a questionnaire at the beginning and a follow up after every two years. None of the participants admitted had any cardiovascular disease or preexisting diabetes mellitus or cancer however later during follow up, the total number of diabetics rose to from 0 to a staggering 15,156.
A through look into the dietary lifestyle revealed that consumption of 28 grams of yoghurt daily reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 18%. Scientists were already considering calcium, magnesium and other fatty acids present in milk to be an agent in lowering the incidence of type 2 diabetes, they now think that the probiotics and antioxidantsin the yoghurt may be the mediators that help the body fight of diabetes.
“Our study benefited from having such a large sample size, high rates of follow up and repeated assessment of dietary and lifestyle factors,” says lead author Mu Chen.
Although the scientist are elated at this breakthrough, they do realize that this is an observation and needs much evidence to support this particular theory.
“The consistent findings for yogurt suggest that it can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, however, randomized clinical trials are warranted to further examine the causal effects of yogurt consumption as well as probiotics on body weight and insulin resistance.”
Clinical trials will be conducted to warrant the efficacy. In the meantime, a little yoghurt, full of vitamins, calcium, antioxidants and probiotics never harmed anyone.