Metabolic syndrome is a term for a range of medical disorders which are thought to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.
The syndrome which is sometimes called insulin resistance, impacts the body's metabolism by increasing cholesterol, blood glucose levels, body fat and blood pressure which in turn can lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Scientists at Cardiff University in Wales led by Professor Peter Elwood tracked the health of 2,400 men aged between 45 and 59 over a 25 year period; all the men filled in a food questionnaire, kept weekly food diaries, and recorded the amount of dairy products they ate.
It appeared that the men who regularly drank milk and ate dairy products - such as yogurt and cheese - were significantly less likely to have the syndrome.
The scientists found in fact that if the men had consumed a pint or more of milk every day they were 62 per cent less likely to have the syndrome- and 56 per cent less likely to have it if they regularly ate other dairy produce.
It appeared that the more dairy produce the men had consumed, the less likely were they to have the syndrome.
Professor Elwood says though milk consumption has fallen in the UK during the past 25 years the data suggests that milk and dairy products 'fit well into a healthy eating pattern'."http://slipmind.com