New research points to a link between higher levels of a fatty acid found in dairy and a reduced risk of diabetes.
According to bbc.co.uk, the study's lead author says, "The magnitude of this association is striking.... This represents an almost three-fold difference in risk of developing diabetes among individuals with the highest blood levels of this fatty acid."
Scientists do caution that people shouldn't take the findings to mean that it's a good idea to overeat dairy foods. They can be high in fat and overeating can lead to weight gain. It's best to choose lower fat dairy foods.
More study is needed to determine the role of trans-palmitoleic acid in nutritional health. Sticking with a healthy balanced diet and getting exercise is the best way to maintain health.