Yogurt Reduces Cardiovascular Risk


 Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction.


Highlights from the article:

 Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk

A  new study in the American Journal of Hypertension  suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.

Higher dairy consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance.

Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction among the Nurses’ Health Study women and a 19 percent reduction in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study men.

Participants consuming more than two servings a week of yogurt had an approximately 20 percent lower risks of major coronary heart disease or stroke during the follow-up period.

Higher yogurt intake in combination with an overall heart-healthy diet was associated with greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.

Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.”

Read More:

  Regular Yogurt Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Hypertensive Adults

American Journal of Hypertension

February  15, 2018

 Dr. Parker’s Commentary

One of the most recent developments in medicine has been the recognition of the benefits of  probiotics, and the importance of healthy gut bacteria.

Yogurt can be a probiotic food, although some nutritionists think the probiotics from the store are essentially useless.

I found that I was particularly liking some yogurts — like Chobani for instance — and that realized it the sugar in it that was particularly satisfying.  

Sugar consumption is not particularly a good diet habit.

(Another problem with the study, as if often repeated here, is that correlation is not cause and effect.   It could be, for instance, that those people who consume yogurt also had healthier diet habits, had more income, etc.)


“Don’t cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it’ll be free yogurt.”

-Stephen Colbert-

Dr. Parker is a 68 year old heart attack survivor and cardiac psychologist. He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University with forty years of clinical experience. Dr. Parker is available for consultation on heart matters. Contact him at heartcurrents(at)gmail.com.