Eat cheese to lower diabetes risk

Researchers studying the link between food and diseases found that cheese-eaters were 12 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who rarely enjoy the dairy product.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was one of the largest studies ever to examine the impact of eating habits on a variety of diseases, according to the Daily Mail.

Researchers examined 16,000 participants with type 2 diabetes and compared their healthy and eating habits with 12,400 others who did not have the disease.

A comparison of dairy consumption found that cheese did appear to protect against metabolic disease. Other dairy foods, with the possible exception of yogurt, did not appear to directly protect against the condition.

Researchers suggested that one reason for cheese’s impact on diabetes is that “not all saturated fatty acids have an equal effect on cardiovascular risk,”which is similar to findings of other recent studies. These studies suggest certain acids produced only in cows’ stomachs may help protect heart disease

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