In a study run at the Harvard School of Public Health, high-fat milk products were found to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve metabolism. This is contrary to the longstanding belief that low-fat equals higher levels of health. This finding is consistant, however, with other studies that find an associate of whole-fat dairy products and metabolic factures. This finding relates trans-palmitoleic acid (a product of endogenous fat synthesis) at the highest levels reduced diabetes incidence by 60%.
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In their analysis, higher trans-palmitoleate levels were significantly associated with:
- Lower body mass index (-1.8%, P=0.058)
- Smaller waist circumference (-1.8%, P=0.009)
- Higher levels of HDL cholesterol (1.9%, P=0.043)
- Lower triglyceride levels (-19.0%, P<0.001)
- Lower total cholesterol:HDL ratio (-4.7%, P<0.001)
- Lower levels of C-reactive protein (-13.8%, P=0.050)
- Lower fasting insulin levels (-13.3%, P=0.001)
- Less insulin resistance by homeostasis model (-16.7%, P<0.001)
My feeling has long been that milk (and dairy products) have a beneficial effect on health, including quicker muscle recovery after exercise, better metabolism (as confirmed) and greater nutrition (due to a more well rounding intake of nutrients). Although high-fat milk may not be recommended for other reasons with diabetes, I do recommend considering milk with fat (even 2%) as an option to improve overall health. It should be combined with a well rounded daily diet and regular exercise.
Sorry, I am not giving you the right to eat lots of high fat, poor nutrition value foods for your diabetes.