Saturated fat in cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products may protect against diabetes.

A study has found that people with higher levels of the types of saturated fatty acid found in dairy products were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Saturated fat – found in butter, cheese and red meat – is generally considered unhealthy and linked to high levels of cholesterol and heart disease, as well as type 2 diabetes.

The study was carried out by researchers from Cambridge University, the MRC Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, the University of Oxford and other universities across Europe.

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