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EASD: Fatty Dairy May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Eating a lot of higher fat dairy products seemed to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes development by up to 23%…. 

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A new study suggests that people eating high fat dairy products are at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to patients eating less dairy.

The study looked at data on approximately 27,000 patients, 60% of whom were women and 40% of whom were men, aged 45-74 years. Patients were tracked for 14 years after first data collection and there were a total of 2,860 cases of type 2 diabetes after the follow up.

Patients who had eight or more servings of high fat dairy products in a day demonstrated 23% decreased risk for developing type 2 diabetes compared to patients who took one or fewer serving in a day (CI: 0.68 to 0.87, P<0.001). The researchers also looked at the correlation between eating meat products and the risk of developing diabetes. Patients eating lower fat meats were seem to be at higher risk (24%) than those eating high-fat meats (9%).

"Our findings suggest that in contrast to animal fats in general, fats specific to dairy products may have a role in prevention of type 2 diabetes," Dr. Ulrika Ericson said in a statement.

Practice Pearls:
  • Eating eight or more servings of high-fat dairy products per day may protect against type 2 diabetes.
  • However, eating meat products did not show any benefit.

Ericson U, et al "Food sources of fat may clarify the earlier inconsistent role of dietary fat for incidence of type 2 diabetes" EASD 2014; Abstract 62.