Dairy products may help ward off diabetes. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals overweight participants who consumed four or more servings of dairy a day had a lower risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, or I-R-S. The study observed trends in dairy consumption and the development of I-R-S, a precursor to type two diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes.
The reduced incidence of I-R-S in the ten year study was the same regardless of age, sex, race, dietary and lifestyle factors. Researchers won't make dietary recommendations, but they claim the study shows a definite trend of reduced risk among overweight dairy consumers.