Science Summary: Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes | U.S. Dairy

Science Summary: Type 2 Diabetes

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  • June 26, 2018

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) affects nearly 29 million American adults and accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Poor diet and physical inactivity are recognized as key contributors to the epidemics of overweight, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases, including T2D.

A growing body of research indicates that dairy food consumption is associated with multiple health benefits, and a 2016 review concluded that high- to moderate-quality evidence indicates dairy foods are associated with a lower risk for T2D.

You can download our full report, “Science Summary: Type 2 Diabetes,” which shows further support for consuming low-fat or fat-free dairy foods as recommended in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.