High fat dairy products such as cream, full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese can actually reduce the risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study.
Swedish researchers found that people with the highest consumption of high-fat dairy products - eight or more portions a day - have a 23 per cent lower risk of developing the condition than those who eat one portion or less per day.
However they also found eating a lot of meat - especially low-fat forms - increased the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. This type of diabetes tends to be diagnosed in older people, and is commonly a result of being overweight or obese and inactive.
By 2030, it is expected that there will be 4.6 million people diagnosed with diabetes, with 90% of those affected having type 2, according to NHS Choices.
Source - Daily Mail