(ChatterShmatter) – Results of a new study show that a fatty acid found in some dairy products may reduce the risk of type two diabetes.
Naturally occurring palmitoleic acid is found in dairy products such as milk and cheese and in lab animals it has been shown to reduce their risk of developing the condition.
Type two diabetes is generally brought on by a poor lifestyle, and is characterized by the inability of the pancreas to properly regulate blood sugar in the body.
Researchers do not know why this fatty acid appears to reduce the risk of type two diabetes, but are sure that it does in some way.
They analyzed health records from more than 3,600 seniors who were being followed for a study dealing with heart health.
They noted that those people who reported eating the most dairy products were more than two thirds less likely to be diagnosed with type two diabetes.
“This is an extremely strong protective effect, stronger than other things we know can be beneficial against diabetes,” said Gökhan Hotamisligil, the study’s senior author and chair of the department of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard School of Public Health.