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Yoghurt consumption ‘can help to prevent diabetes’

6th February 2014

Eating more yoghurt could be an effective way of helping people to minimise their risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.

This is according to a new study carried out by the University of Cambridge, which suggested that higher consumption of yoghurt – compared with no consumption – can reduce the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28 percent.

Meanwhile, greater consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products – which include all yoghurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses – also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24 percent overall.

This research was based on the recent EPIC-Norfolk study, which included more than 25,000 men and women living in Norfolk.

Lead scientist Dr Nita Forouhi, from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, said: "This research highlights that specific foods may have an important role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and are relevant for public health messages."

In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed cases of the disease.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801690954-ADNFCR

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