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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN Could the answer to warding off diabetes and heart disease lie in what teens and young adults drink?
A recent study found that college-aged young adults who consume less than three servings of dairy per day are three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome later in life. Past studies have found a link between low fat dairy and a reduction in blood sugar, blood pressure, and even body fat, so it makes sense that low fat dairy may, in fact, fight against metabolic syndrome.
College-age kids who don’t consume at least three servings of dairy daily are three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who do, said a new University of Illinois study.
“And only one in four young persons in the study was getting the recommended amount of dairy,” said Margarita Teran-Garcia, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition.
That alarming finding means that three-fourths of the 18- to 25-year-old college applicants surveyed are at risk for metabolic syndrome, the researcher said.
Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has three of the following risk factors: abdominal…
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