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Adolescent Consumption Of Dairy Foods Reduces Risk Of Adult Onset Diabetes

July 13, 2011: 10:11 AM EST
A large, long-term study of the impact of eating dairy food from adolescence through adulthood has found a significant association between higher consumption and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The study by U.S. and Singapore scientists analyzed data collected from food-frequency questionnaires that asked about high school diet patterns. The questionnaires were submitted by more than 37,000 women from 1998 to 2005. Researchers found that women who consumed the most dairy foods during adolescence had a 38 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as adults. The researchers acknowledged, however, that “some of the benefit of dairy product intake during high school may be due to the persistence of the consumption pattern during adulthood.”
Vasanti S Malik, et al. , "Adolescent dairy product consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes in middle-aged women", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 13, 2011, © The American Society for Nutrition
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