Dairy and diabetes: the missing ingredient for college kids

The old saying that milk "does a body good" seems to especially apply to college students.

A study from the University of Illinois found that college kids aren't eating enough dairy products — which, according to health experts, puts them at risk for obesity and the health problems associated with it.

The Up Amigos Project

The study was part of the Up Amigos Project, a joint venture between the University of Illinois and the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potos? in Mexico. Researchers are tracking gradual health changes that occur in students based on changes in their BMI, weight, eating habits and exercise.

More than 300 Mexican college applicants were questioned about their food habits and were then evaluated for symptoms of metabolic syndrome. The study accounted for gender, age, physical activity and family history of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

They found that only one in four students was getting the recommended amount of dairy and three-fourths of the 18 to 25-year-old kids were at risk for metabolic syndrome.

Dairy, according to health experts, seems to help ward off weight gain and obesity, but researchers still aren't exactly sure why.

Swapping milk for soda?

Researchers thought that kids in the study might be drinking sugary sodas instead of milk, but the findings suggested otherwise: Only about 25 percent of students drank these sorts of beverages in addition to eating dairy products. But these same students were shown to eat a surplus of calories.

Researcher Margarita Teran-Garcia, U of I professor of food science and human nutrition, says the findings are particularly concerning for Hispanics as many might already have a predisposition to lower levels of "good" cholesterol.

"Obesity is now a more serious public health problem in Mexico than in the United States," Teran-Garcia noted in a news release. "According to new data from a national Mexican survey, 72 percent of adults are overweight or obese, in contrast to 66 to 70 percent of U.S. adults."

Source: Science Daily

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Limiting our intake of highly processed foods, and eating more whole and lightly processed fare can boost our nutrient and fiber intake, lower...

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Today, the healing benefits of essential oils are more than the claims of ancient tradition and alternative medicine. They are increasingly the...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...

More Articles

Keeping your blood sugar levels under control can be tough. There are so many factors that can affect blood sugar, like exercise, food, illness,...

Today, the healing benefits of essential oils are more than the claims of ancient tradition and alternative medicine. They are increasingly the...

Stomach aches and other gastrointestinal pains can be signs of a bigger problem. One such problem for diabetics is gastroparesis, or delayed...

Two of the most common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and increased urine production. These symptoms are so prevalent in diabetics that...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

Most people with insulin-dependent diabetes use syringes and lancets every day. However, many of them do not know how to dispose of these...

Explaining diabetes to children can seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it is no more difficult than discussing anything else important....

Diabetes is a complex disease, affecting virtually every part of the body. The damage it does, to nerve endings, blood vessels, organs, and the...

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have successfully competed in the Olympic Games. Their amazing stories prove that diabetes is no match for...

If your child has diabetes, you want him or her to be safe while in school and to have the same educational opportunities as other children....

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 7 million people in the United States have diabetes but don’t know it yet. These people...

While some celebrities aren't quick to talk about living with diabetes, others are quite transparent and inspiring - acting as advocates for the...

People with diabetes are about twice as likely to experience heart disease as those without the condition, making cardiovascular health a critical...

Pilates is an exercise method proven to improve flexibility, strength, coordination, muscular stamina, balance, and posture. Many Pilates...