Chemical in milk key to combating heart disease, diabetes

May 21st, 2009 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, May 21 (IANS) A chemical found in milk can combat a disorder that increases risk of heart disease and diabetes, a new study says.
The disorder, called metabolic syndrome, is a combination of high blood pressure, high glucose and obesity that increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Researchers from Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries and MG Nutritionals found that a compound, known as Regeneration Inducing Peptide for Tissues and Cells (RIPTAC), when given daily to mice, caused them not only to build more muscle but also want to exercise.

The findings also showed an increase in muscle in mice not given exercise, according to a Victoria government release.

A good muscle to fat ratio is an important factor in reducing the incidence of metabolic syndrome and greater muscle mass is also a factor in burning fat.

Discussions were now underway to conduct trials of RIPTAC in Victoria, said Gavin Jennings, minister for innovation, Victoria government.

“Results in mice so far have shown great promise highlighting once again the medicinal qualities of milk,” he said.

“This latest discovery builds on past work by the collaborating Victorian teams that have shown active proteins in milk can promote the health of the human digestive system,” the minister said.

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