Recent studies have been suggesting that the consumption of dairy products may have various health benefits.
For instance, one study covered on Medical News Today last month argued that full-fat dairy could help maintain cardiovascular health.
Still, not everyone agrees with these findings, and some countries — including the United Kingdom and the United States — have proposed dietary guidelines that encourage people to choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products according to medicalnewstoday.com.
Now, an international research team led by scientists from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and from Tufts University in Medford, MA, has conducted a pooled analysis of various prospective cohort studies, looking at the relationship between dairy fat consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
In explaining why they chose to conduct this analysis, the authors write that the “effects of dairy fat on type 2 diabetes are not well established.”
“While dairy fat contains palmitic acid that could increase risk of [type 2 diabetes], it also contains several other types of fatty acids and further reflects specific foods, such as cheese or yogurt, that could reduce risk,” they note.