The statistics on diabetes are staggering: every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed. In recognition of American Diabetes Month this November, raise your milk glass to toast the benefits that low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products may have on lowering risk of type 2 diabetes.
One-third of American adults are affected by cardiometabolic syndrome, a cluster of health conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high blood lipids. These can, in turn, lead to heart disease or type 2 diabetes. However, new research suggests that dairy foods – specifically the nutrients that can be found in them, like vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, whey proteins or the combination of these – may help to reduce the risk of these problems and subsequent diseases.
While weight loss is a common health goal for many Americans, they may not realize that it often comes in the form of both fat and muscle loss. Maintaining muscle during weight loss is important, and two new studies show the benefits of higher protein diets on muscle during this process.
Just days after USDA’s MyPlate highlighted the importance of consuming low-fat and fat-free dairy, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein, new research shows the impact a similar eating pattern may have on weight gain during adolescence.