A type of fatty acid called trans-palmitoleic acid may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
This fat is found in dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter. The study by researchers into this topic involved 3,736 adults enrolled in a Cardiovascular Health Study. All participants were monitored for 20 years.
Researchers reported that those who consumed high amounts of trans-palmitoleic acid had higher "good" cholesterol levels and lower overall cholesterol levels. They also had lower levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker for cardiovascular risk.
People who ate more dairy products also had lower insulin resistance, which means they had lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes in future.