Yogurt prevents heart complications in people with Diabetes

Yogurt prevents heart complications in people with Diabetes

Doogh, a type of popular yogurt from the Middle East, could be useful to reduce inflammation in patients who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, and it would also help reduce their risk of heart problems, based on a study done by researchers from the University of Shahid Beheshti Medical Sciences in Iran.

By Joe Cardozo

“Diabetes is a disease that causes widespread inflammation, which can increase the possibility of hypertension and heart disease; however, doogh helps fight inflammation, which is why it could reduce this risk,” states Dr. Tirang R. Neyestani, the lead author of the study.

For this research, 90 people with Diabetes were followed for 12 weeks; volunteers were divided into three groups, who took two servings of doogh every day, but, each group took a different type of yogurt: one took simple doogh, another had one enriched with vitamin D and the last one was enriched with vitamin D and calcium.

Though they all had benefits, at the end researchers found that those who’d taken doogh enriched with vitamin D and calcium, had a significant reduction in inflammation markers.

According to Dr. Neyestani, “This is because vitamin D and calcium enriched doogh, stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory substances in the body, especially adiponectin, which influences glucose metabolism”.

Similarly, Dr. Neyestani and his team stated that vitamin D could raise insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of hypertension by 40 percent and of heart disease by 30 percent.

According to the National Institute of Health, milk and dairy products, are foods rich in vitamin D and calcium; other sources of this vitamin are soy and its derivatives, salmon, beans and broccoli.

To prevent heart complications related to Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends maintaining adequate control of one’s glucose levels and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, besides form following a healthy diet and exercising frequently.

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