Study Claims Low-Fat Diary Products Help Lower Stroke Risk
Hoping to lower your Stroke risk? A recent Swedish study reports that you can by consuming more low-fat dairy products. In the study a group of 75,000 adults filled out a dietary questionnaire and were observed for 10 years. The outcome showed that those who included around four servings of low-fat dairy products in their daily diet had a 12 percent reduction in stroke risk.
Susanna Larson, an associate professor of epidemiology at Karolinsk Institute in Stockholm and lead author in the study explains that a combination of nutrients in low-fat dairy foods help to lower blood pressure. While the study clearly showed the connection between low-fat dairy products and reduced stroke risk, there was no evidence of the same connection between dairy products containing a higher fat percentage.
Some expert’s stateside are not quite as convinced of the seemingly magical power of low-fat dairy products. Adam Bernstein, M.D. explains that he did not find the same connection in his large study of how different protein sources affect stroke risk. Bernstein explains that Swedish people have different diets than a typical American and the fat percentage in Swedish dairy products varies to about a half a percent less than American products.
Although consuming low-fat dairy products will not be enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can learn from the Swedish study and choose low-fat products in place of higher-fat ones to have a healthier diet that will lower blood pressure and reduce stroke risk.