Researchers say that Low-Fat Dairy lowers the Risk of Stroke

Most of us men love the creamy taste and texture of full fat dairy products, but by changing habits of a lifetime and opting for low fat dairy foods and drinks, could actually reduce your risk of suffering a stroke, says a Swedish study.

Low Fat Dairy may Reduce Stroke RiskAround 75,000 men and women partook in the research which began back in 1997. The group was followed for around 10 years. The data was analysed, and the findings revealed 4,000 cases of stroke within the volunteers (watch video right)

This Swedish study revealed that those people who consumed the most low fat dairy foods and beverages were, on average, 12% less likely to suffer a stroke when compared to those who ate less low fat dairy.

Dairy ProductsCommonly consumed Dairy Products include:

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Milk based deserts, e.g. ice cream and various puddings
  • Yogurts

All of the above are readily available in fat-free or low-fat options 😉

How Low-fat Dairy Products reduce Stroke Risk

The reasons are not totally understood, but the most probable rationalization is that low-fat dairy tends to lowers blood pressure.

Hypertension is a strong risk factor for stroke says researcher Susanna Larsson, PhD, an associate professor of nutritional epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Vitamin D may play a Role

Low-fat dairy foods are fortified with vitamin D in Sweden and in the United States. Previous research suggested that adequate amounts of vitamin D in diet, probably goes some way in preventing the development of Hypertension.

Other benefits of consuming low fat dairy products include the intake key nutrients such as: Calcium; Folate; Magnesium; Protein; vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and vitamins A, D, and E.

The study was published in the journal Stroke

50ish says: Stroke are a major source of death and disability the world over. Some stroke factors are hereditary. There are others that are a function of ordinary processes. Many strokes though, occur as a direct result of a person’s lifestyle choices, namely lack of regular exercise and unhealthy diet.

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