FAQ Buddy – According to a study, regular consumption of low-fat dairy products could increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, but only slightly as the researchers emphasize.
Many people resort to fat-reduced dairy products because they want to pay attention to a healthy diet. But the “lighter” variants of milk, butter and cheese also have their faults. Researchers at the Havard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston have found that regular consumption of low-fat dairy products slightly increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The results of the study were published in the journal Neurology.
Parkinson’s risk increases with the consumption of low-fat dairy products
The experts evaluated data collected during previous studies for their study. Altogether they had access to the health information of 49,646 Americans. Over a period of about 25 years, they answered inter alia questions about their dietary habits. In addition, the researchers also had access to the patient’s subjects and could thus see if they fell ill with Parkinson’s disease.
The result: In the study participants, who consumed “normal” milk products, which were not fat-reduced, the researchers could not find an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In contrast to the subjects who preferred the “lighter” variant and consumed an average of three portions of fat-reduced dairy products such as yogurt, milk or cheese: about one percent of them developed Parkinson’s disease over a period of 25 years.
Low-fat milk products and other causes for increased Parkinson’s risk
According to the study, the risk of Parkinson’s disease therefore increases with the consumption of low-fat milk products – but only very easily. According to the researchers, the increase could also be due to other factors.
According to the German Parkinson Society, 280,000 people suffer from the “shaking disease” in Germany. Men are slightly more likely than women. Characteristic criteria of Parkinson’s disease are, for example, tremors, slow movements, and speech disorders, as the physician James Parkinson described in 1817 for the first time.
However, ten years may pass before such disorders occur in patients. Earlier signs of the disease are less clear: besides problems with smell and digestion, this can be about depression, pain and sweating. A serious risk factor is serious sleep disturbances, in which the bedmaker experiences rough strokes and kicks.