College Kids Who Don't Drink Milk Could Face Serious Consequences
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2013
Mekenzie Lewis, Nutrition and Wellness Educator for Tazewell, Mason,
Fulton, and Peoria Counties, shares an article about diary consumption in college aged population written by Michelle A. Mosley
and Flavia C.D. Andrade of the U of I. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/ for information on upcoming extension programs.
College-age kids who don't consume at least three servings of dairy daily are
three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who do, said a
new University of Illinois study.
"And only one
in four young persons in the study was getting the recommended amount of
dairy," said Margarita Teran-Garcia, a U of I professor of food science and
finding means that three-fourths of the 18- to 25-year-old college applicants
surveyed are at risk for metabolic syndrome, the researcher said.
syndrome occurs when a person has three of the following risk factors:
abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and unhealthy cholesterol
and lipid levels. Having this disorder greatly increases a person's chances of
developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes, she said.
scientists believe that dairy products guard against obesity and the health
problems that accompany extra weight, they aren't sure how it happens. "It may
be the calcium, it may be the proteins. Whatever the mechanism, evidence
suggests that dairy products are effective in attaining and maintaining a
healthy weight," she said.
In the study,
339 Mexican college applicants filled out a food frequency questionnaire and
were then evaluated for metabolic syndrome risk factors. The analysis
controlled for sex, age, family history of cardiovascular disease and type 2
diabetes, and physical activity.
The study is part
of the Up Amigos project, a collaboration between scientists at the U of I and
the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosί in Mexico. The researchers are
following university applicants to learn how changes in their BMI, weight, and
eating and exercise habits affect the students' health over time.
is important to Hispanics in the United States because many have a genetic
predisposition for very low HDL (good) cholesterol, Teran-Garcia said.
is now a more serious public health problem in Mexico than in the United
States. According to new data from a national Mexican survey, 72 percent of
adults are overweight or obese in contrast to 66 to 70 percent of U.S. adults,"
scientists suspected that students were substituting high-calorie
sugar-sweetened beverages—for example, soda and juice drinks—for milk, but they
found that wasn't the case. Instead, a quarter of the group drank these sorts
of beverages in addition to dairy products, contributing surplus calories, she
stressed the importance of developing healthy food habits early in life, and
she sees her efforts at the university as an intervention that could change the
concerned because persons in this age group don't visit the doctor often, and
they may not know they have problems with their weight, blood pressure, lipids,
or blood sugar," she said.
USDA dairy recommendation as a young person is a low-cost approach to maintain
health and decrease future disease risk, she said. "And, in a few years, when
our survey participants are parents, they'll be able to model good nutrition
for their children."
Source: Mekenzie Riley, MS, RD, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness, firstname.lastname@example.org