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Editor's Correspondence
November 14, 2005

Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Wrong Conclusions—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(20):2435. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.20.2435

In reply

Our baseline data summarized in Table 1 of our article1 did not suggest that dairy intake is associated with body mass index. Furthermore, adjustment of body mass index updated during follow-up did not alter the relationship between dairy intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.1 These data suggest that the observed association is not due to favorable effects of dairy products on adiposity, to the contrary of McDougall’s impression about our conclusion. We agree with the 2005 dietary guidelines advisory committee that current evidence is insufficient to claim that milk products are an important means of managing weight.2

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