Can Dairy Reduce Health Risks?

A new report from the the Annuals of Internal Medicine suggests that certain milk products may reduce the risks associated with with diabetes.

A natural substance found in dairy products appears to protect against diabetes, say researchers.

A study of over 3,700 people found higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

The original report, via the Annuals of Internal Medicine, concludes:

Circulating trans-palmitoleate is associated with lower insulin resistance, presence of atherogenic dyslipidemia, and incident diabetes. Our findings may explain previously observed metabolic benefits of dairy consumption and support the need for detailed further experimental and clinical investigation.

It is not recommended to increase dairy product consumption as a way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.