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Dairy might protect against diabetes: study

Natural substance seems to protect against the condition

According to researchers, a natural substance in dairy products seems to protect against diabetes, the BBC reports. In a study of over 3,700 people, they found that higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid—which is in milk, cheese, and other dairy products but can’t be made by the body—was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. People with the highest levels saw their risk cut by 60 per cent, which was described as “striking” by lead author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. “This represents an almost three-fold difference in risk of developing diabetes among individuals with the highest blood levels of this fatty acid,” he said.

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