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Diet Rich in Low Fat Dairy Can Help Diabetics Lose Weight

Diet Rich in Low Fat Dairy Can Help Diabetics Lose Weight

July 11, 2008

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BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL – March 15, 2007 – Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that a diet rich in low fat dairy calcium helps weight loss in overweight Type-2 diabetes patients. These findings appear in the March 2007 issue of Diabetes Care.


The researchers studied 259 overweight diabetic patients and placed them on one of three diets: a mixed glycemic index diet, a low glycemic index diet, or a modified Mediterranean diet. Glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food causes blood sugar, or glucose, to rise. Foods with refined sugars and simple starches have a high glycemic index, while those with more complex carbohydrates and fiber have a low glycemic index.


Low-fat dairy consumption varied within and across the groups. The results found that even while consuming more calories, those with the highest intake of dairy calcium had the greatest odds of a weight loss of greater than eight percent when compared with those who had the lowest intake of dairy calcium.


“These results could really offer a breakthrough for diabetic patients,” said Dr. Danit R. Shahar of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “The study is especially life changing for those overweight patients that struggle to stay on other diets for weight loss. While a diet high in low-fat dairy may not be the least amount of calories, it can offer the greatest amount of weight loss according to these studies,” she said.


Led by Dr. Shahar, the team also included researchers from the S. Daniel Abraham International Center for Health and Nutrition at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Clalit Health Services in Rishon Lezion, Israel.

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