Dairy: do or don't? (Quick Studies).
People who ate dairy at least 35 times a week had an even lower risk. Dairy had no impact on insulin resistance syndrome in leaner people. (Milk and, to a lesser extent, cheese, cream, and butter accounted for 90 percent of the dairy the people in the study consumed.) Fiber seemed to lower the risk of insulin resistance independently of dairy.
Insulin resistance syndrome raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes. According to the researchers, participants had insulin resistance syndrome if they had at least two of the following signs: obesity, high blood pressure, high insulin or blood sugar, and high triglycerides or low HDL ("good") cholesterol.
What to do: Stay lean (or lose excess weight) and stay active (even if you don't lose weight). If you're overweight, it's worth upping your dairy and fiber intake, as long as you stick with low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. But it's too early to say--based on one study--that dairy can make a difference.
J. Amer. Med. Assoc. 287: 2081, 2002.
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|Publication:||Nutrition Action Healthletter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2002|
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