Daily consumption of yoghurt can lower diabetes risk

A high intake of yogurt may be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes suggests a new Meta analysis. A daily tablespoon of yoghurt reduces the risk of getting type 2 diabetes by nearly a fifth.

Consumption of one 28g serving of yogurt per day is associated with an 18 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, the findings showed.

The research, conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health and published this month at BMC Medicine, is a cohort study, meaning that it combined data from three studies that were already very large in their own right.

“ We found that higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy did not show this association,” said senior researcher of the study Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in the US.

The findings suggest that yogurt can be incorporated into a healthy diet pattern, Hu added. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells develop resistance to insulin.

The researchers also suggest that the so-called good probiotic bacteria in yogurt may help boost that effect and provide some protection against diabetes.

Curiously, regular yogurt consumption appeared to significantly reduce the risk of diabetes, and this held true even when controlling for other dietary and lifestyle factors.

The researchers pooled the results of three prospective cohort studies that followed the medical history and lifestyle habits of health professionals. The study involved a total of 289,900 participants. Within the three cohorts, 15,156 cases of Type 2 diabetes were identified during the follow-up period.

Crunching the numbers, they discovered total dairy consumption had no link to type 2 diabetes risk, so the researchers next looked at individual dairy products, including skim milk, cheese and yogurt. They found a high consumption of yogurt went hand in hand with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

When adjusting for chronic disease risk factors such as age and BMI (body mass index) as well as dietary factors, it was found that high consumption of yogurt was associated with a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The findings were confirmed when the authors conducted a meta-analysis, incorporating their results and other studies published up to March 2013.

The study appeared in the journal BMC Medicine.


Home made remedies to treat diabetes

Now-a-days diabetes has become a common health problem due to lack of insulin production to manage glucose levels in your body. Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Types of diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: The body does not produce insulin seen in early age i.e., before 40 years. It can be controlled by regular exercises and diet control.

Type 2 Diabetes: The body does not produce enough insulin for proper function seen in ageing older.

Gestational Diabetes: Rise in glucose levels due to lack of transportation of glucose to other cells. It is seen in females during pregnancy. It can be controlled with exercise, diet and blood glucose controlled medications.

Blood sugar chart

Category Fasting Value (mg/dl)   Post Prandial (mg/dl)
  Minimum Value Maximum Value Value 2 hours after consuming glucose
Fasting Plasma Glucose 70 100 Less than 140
Plasma Glucose 101 126 140 to 200
Hyperglycemia More than 126 More than 200

The complications of diabetes are heart, eye, foot, skin, hypertension, neuropathy, stroke, male impotence. Diabetes has no permanent cure or medication.

Home remedies to treat diabetes

If you follow these natural remedies for diabetes you can live a totally normal life.

Fig leaves

Fig leaves can be chewed directly on an empty stomach or leaves can be boiled in water and take that water like tea. On regular basis insulin gets reduced.


A teaspoon-full of seeds should be soaked in a glass of water over night, take that water along with seeds on empty stomach. After taking this water you should not take any food or medicine for the next 30 minutes. Continue this for 2 – 3 times per week.


Take half spoon of cinnamon power everyday in warm water or chewing naturally to get the desired effect. Boil two to four cinnamon sticks in one cup of water and allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Drink this solution daily to lower the blood glucose level.

Grape seed extract

A person can take 300mg per day or these seeds are ground and placed in capsules to reduce the blood sugar level. Grape seed are rich in vitamin E and flavonoids.

Olive oil

Cook food daily with edible olive oil effect on long run to reduce blood sugar level. It affects in reducing the cholesterol and triglycerides level in blood.

Bitter gourd

Bitter guard juice effects more when taken on empty stomach once in three days or take at least in the form of curry once in a week will decrease the sugar level in blood.

Vitamin C

Consuming vitamin C up to 600mg daily or in the form of fruits, vegetables can help to control blood sugar.


Garlic has anti-diabetic and cholesterol reducing effect. Eat 3-4 raw garlic buds thus the Allicin chemical is to have hypoglycemic effects.

Aloe vera

Mix one to two teaspoons of ground bay leaves, one teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Drink this solution daily before and after dinner. This combination helps in controlling blood sugar.


A neem tree has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-diabetic properties. Drink juice of neem leaves on an empty stomach reduce insulin requirements by up to 50%

Indian gooseberry (Amla)

Take two to three Indian gooseberries grind it and squeeze out the juice. Mix two tablespoon of the juice in one cup to water and drink it daily on an empty stomach.


Soak 10 to 15 mango leaves in a glass of water overnight. Filter the water and drink on an empty stomach or dry the leaves in the shade and grind them, eat one-half teaspoon of powder two times daily

Holy basil (Tulsi)

Eat two to three tulsi leaves daily or one tablespoon of its juice on an empty stomach can lower blood sugar.

Lady’s finger

Soak one lady’s fingers slit it in the middle in a glass of water overnight and consume it on an empty stomach.


Soybean is filled with fiber, proteins, calcium and vitamin A will help to control blood sugar levels.


Eating guava can be helpful in maintain the blood sugar level as it consists of vitamin C and high fiber content.


Add vinegar to foods in your regular diet can be palatable and reduces sugar concentration in blood.


Consume papaya on a daily basis as it has natural blood sugar controlling capability.