Diabetes studies have found a link to reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes. If you are trying to reduce weight, you might have crossed cheese off of the menu.
Two Slices of Cheese
But scientists have found it may actually help prevent diabetes – an illness often brought on when you are overweight. They claim that eating just two slices of cheese each day cuts the potential risk of type 2 diabetes by 12 percent.
The findings go against existing health guidelines, which recommend cutting back on dairy products along with other high-fat foods to help avoid the illness. About a 2.5million Britons have diabetes. Of those, 90 percent suffer from type 2, and this can be a result of being very overweight.
But industry experts fear another million have the condition, which can cause heart attacks, strokes, blindness, and nerve problems, without yet previously being diagnosed. British and Dutch researchers looked at the diets of 16,800 healthy adults and 12,400 sufferers of type 2 diabetes from eight European countries, including the UK.
The study, released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, discovered that people who ate a minimum of 55g of cheese each day – a couple of slices – were 12 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Chance fell with the same amount for people who ate 55g of yogurt each day.
For years NHS guidelines have advised not to eat too much dairy, cake, or red meat since they are loaded with saturated fat. This is believed to raise cholesterol and raise the potential risk of diabetes. But the researchers – including academics from the Medical Research Council, Cambridge – say not all saturated fats are as harmful as others, and some may even be beneficial.
One theory is that the so-called ‘probiotic’ bacteria in cheese and yogurt lower cholesterol and produces certain vitamins which avert diabetes. And cheese, milk, and yogurt may also be high in vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium, which may help safeguard against the condition.
How Diabetes affects the Body
Diabetes takes place when the body does not produce an adequate amount of the hormone insulin to regulate its glucose levels. Signs of type 2 diabetes include feeling very thirsty, needing to pass water frequently, and constant fatigue. Even though the condition is treatable through methods such as dietary changes, tablets, and injections, it can cause serious complications if not appropriately cared for.
But regardless of the latest findings, campaigners warned against gorging on cheese along with other dairy products with the hope of warding off diabetes.