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Yogurt Drink Good for Diabetes

Apr 5, 2012

A Middle Eastern yogurt drink known as “doogh” and fortified with vitamin D decreased inflammatory markers in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found. Those who drank the doogh fortified with vitamin D, or vitamin D plus calcium, had decreased levels of highly sensitive C-reactive protein and several interleukin proteins, among other markers of inflammation. In addition, those drinking the fortified concoctions had significantly higher levels of adiponectin. Researchers conducted a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial over 12 weeks in 90 patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants were randomized equally either to plain doogh, doogh fortified with vitamin D, or doogh fortified with vitamin D and calcium. Both groups with fortified drinks showed significant improvement of vitamin D status at the end of 12 weeks, “confirming high bioavailability of vitamin D in doogh.” “Our study showed for the first time that adiponectin, a substance secreted by fat tissue that has an anti-inflammatory effect, increased when calcium and vitamin D-fortified doogh was consumed,” said Tirang Neyestani, PhD, of Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2012; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2011-3465