New Study Suggests Dairy-Rich Diet Could Potentially Reduce Risks of Diabetes and Hypertension


There have been multiple pieces of research conducted on dairy goods such as milk and their benefits. Some basics included the good bone and gut health that milk and other dairy products offer in addition to better skin health. However, the latest research has unraveled further benefits of these products.

A recent study suggested an association between regular consumption of a dairy-rich diet and a lower risk of diabetes. The study was issued in the journal, BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. The study laid down a foundation for future research while serving an intriguing approach through the diet of the patients suffering from heart-related health conditions or diabetes. The research suggested that the consumption of a minimum of 2 portions of dairy goods potentially reduces the threats of high blood pressure, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is the condition with a combination of determinants that eventually lead to a rise in the risks of heart-associated diseases.  According to the study, it included a wide range of participants over a long period of time.

The sample size and diversity

They traced the health conditions of over 1,90,000 participants over the course of approximately 9 years. The sample size was incredibly diverse. It covered individuals of all ages and backgrounds and cultures. The participants were aged between 5 and 70. The countries they belonged to were Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Palestine, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Aab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

This was a total of 21 nations, leading to immense diversity in eating habits, etc. Researchers tried to eliminate all sorts of possible errors, to work on improvements. All information on the individual medical history of each participant was tracked. This included their prescription medications, educational qualifications, smoking habits, determinations of weight, height, waistline perimeter, blood pressure, fasting glucose, and recorded vitals.

Researchers tried to cover and record every aspect of their health to minimize any sort of unexpected variables that may impact the results. The study focused on defined dairy produce. This included milk, yogurt, yogurt-founded drinks, cheese, and food manufactured with dairy products.

The results

While this was a huge sample size with sufficient time to test participants, the results concluded that participants who consumed a minimum of 2 portions of dairy goods on a daily basis, recorded a 12 percent decrease in the risks of metabolic syndrome. Meanwhile, 3 portions of dairy goods recorded a 13-14 percent decrease.

Approximately 13,640 participants acquired high blood pressure and 5351 participants acquired diabetes. Conclusively, researchers concluded stronger links between full-fat dairy in comparison to low-fat ones. However, the record of items did not hold the inclusion of butter or cream.

The researchers focused that the study was more observational rather than experimental. Hence, there had been no establishment of a cause as of yet. They further added that there is still room for further research that needs to be done before this diet is professionally prescribed to patients with high blood pressure.

The researchers discussed that in the consideration that their results are confirmed sufficiently huge and extended-term examinations, it could possibly point to the fact that an increase in dairy consumption could potentially represent a new means to approach these medical conditions.

This way would be feasible and cost-effection in dealing with the reduction of health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes, and conclusively cardiovascular diseases globally.

While researchers are looking further into this theory, this study and its results provide a strong foundation to begin. Diabetes and high blood pressure are now started to become more common among the population, which pushes the researchers to come up with a stronger but organic approach and methods to decrease risks of such health conditions.

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Bob Luthar

Bob Luthar

After serving as a lead author in leading magazines, Bob planned to launch its own venture as HealthWriteups. With a decade-long work experience in the media and passion in technology and gadgets, he founded this website. Luthar now enjoys writing on tech and software related topics. When he’s not hunched over the keyboard, Bob spends his time engulfed in Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels and movies.

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