Could dairy protect against diabetes and hypertension?

Eating at least two daily servings of dairy is linked to lower risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as the cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome), finds a large international study published online in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

The observed associations were strongest for full fat dairy products, the findings indicated.

Previously published research has suggested that higher dairy intake is associated with a lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome. But whereas these studies have tended to focus on North America and Europe to the exclusion of other regions of the world, the cohort for this new research was drawn from 21 countries throughout the world.

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