Yogurt may prevent type 2 diabetes.


A study published in the open access journal has specified that eating yogurt may act as a for . The findings are based on an analysis of information on dairy food intake and health from over 195,000 health professionals over decades, during which time 15,000 participants developed .

Higher yogurt intake was associated with a lower risk of developing and the findings highlight the importance of including yogurt as part of a .

The researchers caution that a clinical trial is needed to confirm the results but that the large sample size, high rates of follow up and repeated collection of data on diet, lifestyle and health in this study provide a good indicator of a .

In their study analysis, Fran Hu, a professor of and epidemiology at HSPH, found no link between total dairy consumption and risk for developing .

The total consumption of individual dairy products whole and skimmed , and yogurt was analyzed. They found high consumption of yogurt was linked to a lower risk for developing – even after accounting for age, BMI and other chronic disease . These findings were pooled with results of other studies published up to March 2013 that had also looked at links between dairy and . It was found that eating one serving of yogurt a day was linked to an 18% reduced risk of developing .


Dairy consumption and risk of : 3 cohorts of adults and an updated meta- analysis, Mu Chen et al., BMC Medicine, published online 25 November 2014, doi:10.1186/s12916-014-0215-1.

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