A new study links milk
drinking with insulin resistance and the metabolic
syndrome. The British Women's Heart and Health
Study examined 4,024 British women aged 60-79. The
metabolic syndrome was defined as including
diabetes or prediabetic states, along with at least
two of the following: obesity, hypertension, and
lipid disorders (high triglycerides, low HDL).
Those who avoided milk were about half as likely to
have the metabolic syndrome, compared to milk
drinkers: The age-adjusted odds ratio for the
metabolic syndrome was 0.55 (95% CI, 0.33
The researchers conclude that
individuals who do not drink milk may be protected
against insulin resistance and the metabolic
syndrome, but note that controlled trials are
required to establish cause and effect.
Lawlor DA, Ebrahim S, Timpson
N, Davey Smith G. Avoiding milk is associated with
a reduced risk of insulin resistance and the
metabolic syndrome: findings from the British
Women's Heart and Health Study. Diabet Med.