Type-2 diabetes impacts the lives of more than 3.3 million Brits.
The concern is so common that it has recently been branded an “epidemic”.
Health chiefs have warned members of public to tweak their lifestyles to reduce their risk.
Staying active, taking medication and maintaining a healthy weight are all ways to do this.
Being mindful about your eating habits can also help to regulate your blood sugar levels and alleviate symptoms.
So what foods should you incorporate into your diet to prevent type-2 diabetes dangers?
Surprisingly, eating fatty cheese, yoghurt and butter could lower your type-2 diabetes risk.
Researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, looked into the impact of dairy products on the body.
Scientists collated data from 16 different studies to see how 63,600 adults were affected over the course of 20 years.
Their review found that those who didn’t consume dairy were more likely to develop the condition.
Of the participants, 15,100 who didn’t eat diary went on to develop type-2 diabetes.
But those with higher concentrations of dairy-fat biomarkers had less chance of contracting the condition.
Following the research, lead author Dr Fumiaki Imamura spoke about the findings.
The University of Cambridge worker said: “Our results provide the most comprehensive global evidence to date about dairy fat biomarkers and their relationship with lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
“We’re aware that our biomarker work has limitations and requires further research on underlying mechanisms, but at the very least, the available evidence about dairy fat does not indicate any increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes.”
This isn’t the only study that’s looked at the impact of dairy on blood sugar.
Research published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that milk can benefit those with type-2 diabetes.
The study found that drinking a high-protein drink at breakfast can help to moderate blood sugar levels.
It’s believed that casein, which is naturally found in milk, helps to slow digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Lead author Dr Douglas Goff, of the University of Guelph, explained: “This study confirms the importance of milk at breakfast to aid in the slower digestion of carbohydrate and lower blood sugar levels.
“Nutritionists have always stressed the importance of a healthy breakfast, and this study should encourage consumers to include milk.”
Are you worried that you may be battling type-2 diabetes?
Here are some warning symptoms to look out for:
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss
- Frequent toilet breaks
- Mood breaks
- Problems sleeping
- Foot numbness or pain
- Skin problems
- Slow to heal wounds
It’s advisable to contact your local GP if you are worried about any of these symptoms, they can then advise you which steps to take next.