Dairy, Diabetes, and Your Heart
My wife’s grandfather passed away two weeks ago. At 94, he'd lived an amazing life. He grew up in a family that owned large areas of land near Farmington, New Mexico, and Durango, Colorado. He served as a pilot in World War II, married a wonderful woman, and had seven children. His wife died in her late fifties of ovarian cancer, and he lived another 40 years alone as a widower.
He worked hard his entire life and continued to farm and ranch into his nineties. His legacy is left through his family, and through the many people he touched with small acts of kindness. He was a loving man of few words, but when we spoke, the words he chose were always uplifting.
He lived his long, active life on a diet rich in meat and dairy products, which we’re often advised to avoid for heart health.
The first few years I knew him, I think my wife’s grandfather had whole milk and a steak for at least two of his daily meals. You'd think that such a diet could be harmful, but he remained independent in his home, still working, until a stroke suddenly took his life.
When I see patients in the clinic, one of the first things they mention when we discuss diet is that they intend to cut out all dairy products. Because nutritional guidelines often recommend a low-fat diet, most people believe this means they should consume less dairy fat.
But is this a good idea? Are milk, cheese, butter, and other dairy products really harmful to your health, and should you avoid them? Personal experience and new clinical research sheds light on this question.
The Facts on Dairy Products and Your Health
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