Milk Habit May Lower Diabetes Risk

by Mark Benson on September 21, 2011

Milk is good to avoid diabetes

The habit of drinking milk was inculcated on many when they were young people. Many of these milk-drinking children eventually become milk-drinking adults. Now, research conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found a link between having this habit and the risk in developing Type 2 diabetes.

The research was spearheaded by Harvard University scientists and established the conclusion that adults with milk drinking habits had a 43 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to others who did not have the habit.

The experiment had two sets of participants to find the relationship between food intake and health risks. The first set had 37,000 women while the second study had 440,000 participants from both sexes.

In the first study, women who were frequent milk drinkers since teenagers had a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those who were infrequent drink milkers. Habitual milk-drinkers were counted to have consumed about four (4) servings per day compared to low milk drinkers who consumed only one (1) serving per day. The study further yielded that consistent milk drinkers during their teens gained less weight, as they grew older by an average of four (4) pounds compared to low milk drinkers.

The second experiment with its larger sample participants furthered enhanced studies finding that milk is good source of protein for overall health. In this study, having meat instead of milk as source of protein lowered the risk of developing diabetes by only 17%.

Because humans are the only species that consumes milk beyond their infant years, the nutritional benefits go beyond the development years. Cow’s milk has higher nutritional content compared to human milk. Cow’s milk has 3.4% protein content compared to only 1.1% for human milk. Also, cow’s milk has much more vitamin content such as B1, B2, B12, D, calcium, potassium and many more. Cow’s milk also contains lower lactose content.

Drink milk. It’s good for everyone.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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Bowmanave September 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

You are absolutely right, KwikDriver, this massive confusion is modern epidemiology's effect!

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