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    Daily pot can reduce chance of developing Type 2 by a quarter, claims researchers.

    Eating a pot of yoghurt a day may help keep diabetes at bay, claim researchers.
    Regular consumption of yoghurt cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than a quarter, according to a new study.

    Similar health benefits come from other low-fat fermented dairy foods, such as fromage frais and cottage cheese.

    Taken together, eating modest amounts of yoghurt and low-fat cheeses reduced the chances of becoming diabetic by 24 per cent over an 11-year period.
    The greatest gain came from just 4.5 standard 125g pots of yoghurt a week, which resulted in a 28 per cent cut in risk of diabetes.

    Scientists at Cambridge University said it was the first study of its kind, where dietary habits were recorded in advance to determine whether they could affect diabetes risk.

    Lead scientist Dr Nita Forouhi, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge University, said 'This research highlights that specific foods may have an important role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and are relevant for public health messages.

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