Welcome back to the post about how yogurt (and other assorted dairy products) is or is not the answer to lowering the risk of diabetes. Previously, we looked at how some researchers made their case about a clinical trial of yogurt and its effects on diabetes risk further down the road. There are some researchers who saw things differently.

Do Other Dairy Products Not Affect the Incidence Rate of Diabetes?

According to Fran Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at HSPH, he observed the study of the purported link between total dairy consumption and risk of developing type-2 diabetes. The team looked at the individual dairy products available in the market today. For their purposes, they observed the effects of all dairy products, such as whole and skimmed milk, cheese and yogurt. After accounting for various physical and health characteristics, such as age, BMI and chronic disease factors, here’s what they found:

Subjects who consumed yogurt on a regular basis had a lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes. They also checked them against other dairy foods. It was found that one serving of yogurt (28g) led to an 18% lower risk of type-2 diabetes. Just two tablespoons were enough to cut the risk of contracting diabetes by a quarter. Incorporating yogurt into a healthy dietary pattern can do wonders but if other dairy foods are used in its place, the benefits would disappear. It is only the consumption of yogurt that proved effective against diabetes.

What Previous Studies Revealed

There have been many studies undertaken to assess the effects of dairy food for diabetes alleviation. They were concerned with minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, as well as certain fatty acids. The point was to illustrate whether these nutritional elements played any role in reducing the risk of diabetes. It was found that yogurt had a source of probiotic bacteria and it was also observed that these bacteria aided in the breakdown of fat and antioxidants that inhabited the body of type-2 diabetes patients.

Prebiotics are known as special forms of dietary fiber. It is in this fiber that probiotics bacteria are living in. Their core function is to keep the colon healthy. These fibers gives probiotics bacteria a place to nourish and alive, and this in turn results in keeping the human digestive tract healthy.  They are commonly found in fermented food products. However, they are found in many natural and organic foods as well. The list of foods with abundant prebiotics includes:

  • Onions
  • Barley
  • Flaxseed
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Oats
  • Jerusalem artichokes

And of course, even yogurt contains probiotics as does fresh pasta and cottage cheese.

Why Prebiotics Are Helpful For The Human Body?

They aid in the absorption of minerals and enhance your overall health. They lower blood cholesterol and also play a prominent role in inhibiting the effects of pathogens, such as listeria. It is advisable to take 5 to 15 grams of prebiotics per day. On a related note, eating more saturated fats does not result in the amount of saturated acids in the bloodstream increasing. This has made researchers question what the cause behind this phenomenon is and does it have any implications for diabetes patients.

Instead, it was found that an increased intake of carbohydrates (sugar) resulted in increased levels of a fatty acid in the bloodstream. It was this acid that was responsible for the effect on diabetes and heart disease. Consuming yogurt can neutralize the buildup of the fatty acid and that is another reason why it works as a deterrent against diabetes than any other dairy food.