Got Good Arteries? Dairy Does Arteries Good

By: Alere Staff
Publication Date: Sat, 06/01/2013

Got Good Arteries? Dairy Does Arteries Good

According to a new study from the University of Reading, adults who include dairy foods in their diets might be reducing their artery stiffness and lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease.1

The authors expected they would find no relation between dairy use and artery stiffness. They studied 2,512 men, aged 45 to 59 years and were reviewed every 5 years. Men who ate or drank more dairy (including butter, cheese, and milk) had better artery flexibility by 1.8% compared with those who ate or drank less dairy.1

After follow up 23 years later, the systolic blood pressure (the pressure of the arteries when the heart beats) of those with higher dairy intake was 10.4 mmHg (measurement of blood pressure) lower compared with those who drank the least amount of milk.

High butter use did lead to higher insulin, triacylglycerol, total cholesterol, and diastolic blood pressure (BP) levels. In general, these were lower in those with higher intake of milk and dairy products.

Eating or drinking dairy seems to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Before making any changes to your diet, talk to your doctor.

  1. Livingstone, Katherine M., et al. Does Dairy Food Intake Predict Arterial Stiffness and Blood Pressure in Men? Evidence from the Caerphilly Prospective Study. Hypertension: American Heart Association. 2013. Published online before print November 12, 2012.