Scientists reveal that eating yogurt every day can decrease the chances of developing diabetes. A new study made in London shows that eating 28 g of unsweetened yogurt daily can boost the overall health and combat dangerous diseases like diabetes. The study reveals that yogurt can decrease the chances of developing diabetes almost 1/5.
The study was mainly focused on the effects of yogurt on type 2 diabetes. This disease is usually caused by obesity, leading to strokes, heart attacks or blindness.
Scientists from Harvard Schools of Public Health in the United States gathered the results from three studies about diet and health. The studies involved more than 200,000 men and women over a period of 30 years. All the people involved started as being free of diabetes at the beginning of the study and 15,156 of them developed diabetes by the end.
Analyzing their diets, researchers observed that yogurt seemed to have stopped diabetes from developing. The team of scientists included other studies and compared the data from almost 500,000 people. They found out that 28 g of yogurt every day can keep type 2 diabetes away by 18%.
The study was published in the BMC Medicine journal and included information of low fat and full fat yogurt. Researchers said that the yogurt should be eaten without any added sugar and explained that the bacteria found in yogurt helps the metabolism.
Dr. Alasdair Rankin said of the new study:
“This adds to evidence that people who eat yoghurt are less likely to develop diabetes, but… it could be those eating yoghurt were more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, which can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes the blood sugar levels to go up. Almost 90% of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes. The body of those who suffer from type 2 diabetes does not produce enough insulin, or can have an insulin resistance. This means that the insulin produced in the body cannot process glucose the way it should.
Over 26 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes and approximately 366 million people are affected worldwide.