May 29, 2009

Emerging Wellness Benefits

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Live Well. Tour is traveling coast-to-coast to reintroduce Americans to this nutrient powerhouse and its array of benefits. From June 9 to June 12, the Tour will be cruising through the Memphis area hosting free events to encourage residents to not only live well, but to drink well with nature’s wellness drink– milk.

Milk may be nature’s wellness drink that has been around for centuries, but the benefits are
far from old-fashioned. Studies continue to document new advantages of being a milk drinker.
Emerging research has connected milk and the nutrients in milk to many different aspects
of wellness.

Type 2 Diabetes

Most Americans fail to get the calcium and vitamin D they need, and this shortfall could be
affecting more than their bones. It may be one reason behind the epidemic of type 2 diabetes,
suggests Tufts University researchers. In one study, for each serving of milk that men drank,
researchers saw a 9% lower risk. And in another, women who met the 3 servings per day
recommendation had a 21% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who had less than
1 serving of milk per day. While more research is needed, scientists speculate that milk’s
calcium and vitamin D may be responsible for potential benefi ts on blood sugar and risk
for diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome

Drinking milk may help ward off metabolic syndrome—a cluster of risk factors linked to
heart disease and diabetes. Several studies suggest drinking lowfat or fat free milk may
be associated with a reduced risk for this “pre-diabetes” condition, characterized by
high cholesterol levels, excess fat (especially “belly” fat) and high blood pressure. In one
observational study of more than 2,300 men in the United Kingdom, men who consumed
dairy products or drank a pint or more (about 2 cups) of milk daily had a 62% lower risk
of metabolic syndrome compared to non-milk drinkers.

Cancer

Diet can have a powerful impact on cancer risk, and while
the jury’s still out on the specifi cs, researchers have started
to identify a link between either milk consumption or higher
intakes of key milk nutrients and the reduced risk of certain
cancers, including breast and colon cancer. While more
research is needed, a recent study in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition found that increasing calcium and vitamin D
(more than 1400 mg of calcium and 1100 IU of vitamin D)
may reduce the risk of cancer in women by at least 60%.
Another study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
found that adults who drank at least one 8-ounce glass of milk
per day had a 12% lower risk of developing colon cancer, and
individuals who drank more than a glass of milk lowered their risk by 15%.



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