Cheese Prevents Diabetes?

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 by
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Eating cheese and other full fat dairy foods appears to confer an advantage in risk for the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Risk of developing this common disease declined significantly as levels of a fatty acid found in whole-fat dairy products increased, data from a recent large cohort study showed.[1]

Those adults that were found to have the highest levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had a remarkable 60% lower diabetes incidence compared with individuals who had the lowest levels. Risks for metabolic syndrome were also reduced in those with the higher TPA levels – as one might expect.

Whilst statistical analysis of demographic, clinical, and lifestyle factors showed that whole-fat dairy consumption had the strongest association with levels of trans-palmitoleate there is still some uncertainty about the correlation.