Your College Student Better Get Milk

If your 18 to 25- year-old son or daughter thinks drinking milk is for kids, you had better tell them that they are literally dead wrong. Young adults in that age group that don’t consume a minimum of three servings of milk daily are at risk for developing metabolic disease, a condition that exists when three of the following exist:

Milk and cooky

Milk and cooky (Photo credit: Salim Virji)

Abdominal obesity (a lot of belly fat)

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol and lipid (level of fats in the blood) levels

Metabolic disease leads to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Illinois analyzed responses from a food frequency questionnaire completed by 339 Mexican college applicants in addition to evaluating the students for metabolic disease risk factors. Here’s what they found:

  • Seventy-six percent of the students were not drinking three glasses of milk daily
  • approximately 10 percent had metabolic disease
  • The prevalence of metabolic disease and individual risk factors for the condition between individuals who were not meeting the daily recommendations was 2.6 to 4.1 times higher compared to those meeting the recommendations
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~ by chasm63 on March 18, 2013.

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