If you want to downplay the aging process, it might not hurt to replace whole milk with skim, new research indicates.
The observations do not show that milk fat, per se, hastens aging, stressed researcher Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Tucker stated that a variety of lifestyle factors are also associated to telomere length. Obese people, for instance, tend to have shorter telomeres than lean people, as do smokers versus nonsmokers. And people who consume lots of fiber, vegetables and fruit typically have longer telomeres than those who shun those foods.
So for the latest study, Tucker was determined to look at the relationship between telomere length and milk fat.
As diet goes, milk is "an interesting subject, Tucker commented. There are dozens of studies that have discovered, as milk consumption goes up, so do disease risks, he stated. But there are also dozens of studies that marks the opposite perception.
On average, Tucker discovered, people who drank higher-fat milk had skimpier telomeres, in comparison to fans of low- or nonfat milk.
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