By Wendy Haaf
If you’re on your way to developing type 2 diabetes, adding full-fat yogourt to your diet may help you achieve better control of your blood-sugar levels, according to a recent US study.
The controlled trial involved volunteers aged 45 to 75 with an average fasting blood glucose level of 101.1 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L)—just into the range that’s deemed pre-diabetic. (In pre-diabetes, blood-sugar levels are higher than normal but below the diagnostic threshold for type 2 diabetes.) Over a three-week period, volunteers ate three servings of fat-free yogourt each day; during a different three- week span, they consumed three daily servings of full-fat yogourt.
Following the fat-free portion of the study, average fasting blood glucose levels hadn’t changed noticeably; however, after the full-fat phase, they had dipped low enough to qualify as “normal”—to 97.7 mg/dL (5.43 mmol/L).
Source: The American Physiology Summit