Are you eating enough yogurt?

If you're at risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study shows you may want to start your day with a serving of yogurt.

Today's news headlines are blowing up regarding a possible link between yogurt consumption and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, research published in the journal Diabetologia indicates that patients can reduce their risk of this blood glucose disease by 28 percent if they enjoy yogurt occasionally, according to Bloomberg.1 So, how have you been starting your mornings?

"Specific foods may have an important role in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes, and are relevant for public health messages," Dr. Nita Forouhi, lead scientist on the study, said in a statement.

The investigation was led by professionals from the University of Cambridge, and found that low-fat fermented dairy products were some of the best sources for reduced diabetes risks.2 However, low-fat cheeses were also found to reduce the likelihood of blood glucose intolerance in patients by as much as 24 percent.

"At a time when we have a lot of other evidence that consuming high amounts of certain foods, such as added sugars and sugary drinks, is bad for our health, it is very reassuring to have messages about other foods like yogurt and low-fat fermented dairy products, that could be good for our health," Forouhi told Medical Xpress.

LiveScience stated that nearly 26 million Americans (or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population) suffer from diabetes.3 So, finding any aids that may help reduce risk of this disease are promising. In fact, it could even help reduce the number of individuals who are expected to have diabetes by 2050 – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 1 in 3 American adults could develop the condition by then.

From now on, opt for a serving of yogurt instead of sugar- and calorie-filled dessert selections, such as cake or candy. While it's OK to indulge occasionally, yogurt can provide relief for cravings of your sweet tooth after dinner – which happens to be the best time to enjoy a sugary treat if you're going to. This is especially important for those who have a family history of the disease or other potential risk factors, such as being overweight.

Those who are already struggling with the glucose disorder can order all of their diabetic supplies from Medex Supply, an online medical supply store. Available products include:

  • diabetic socks
  • insulin syringes
  • infusion sets
  • and many more medical supplies

1 Bloomberg, "Yogurt may be an ally in fight against diabetes: Study" February 6, 2014
2 Medical Xpress, "Study shows yogurt consumption reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes" February 5, 2014
3 LiveScience, "Eating yogurt may reduce risk of diabetes" February 5, 2014

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