Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.



Degree Program

Nursing, PhD

Committee Chair

Hardin-Fanning, Frances

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Roser, Lynn

Committee Member

Roser, Lynn

Committee Member

Shuying, Sha

Committee Member

Shumaker, Shannon

Committee Member

Fernandez, Maria-Luz

Author's Keywords

Metabolic syndrome; dairy products


About 35% of the United States adult population meets the criteria for metabolic syndrome, representing about 85 million individuals. Consuming dairy products protects against the development of the metabolic syndrome and protects against the development of complications associated with it. However, approximately 10% of the U.S. population meets the daily recommendation for dairy products. Information about the use of dairy products among people living with metabolic syndrome is relatively unknown, even though it will benefit them the most. About 49% of respondents met the guidance of three servings per day, and the most common facilitator was access to dairy products.