If you struggle with type 2 diabetes, you may suffer from circulatory, nervous and immune system disorders and damage. Your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your cells react poorly to your insulin to control your blood sugar. If this is the case, make sure you control your diabetes to prevent further damage.
In some cases, you can get your type 2 diabetes under control through exercise and diet, including changing your drinking habits. Posted in new research in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Journal, drinking a small serving of whey protein before each meal has been linked to helping control blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes†
In the study, 18 participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes drank a 100-milliliter pre-made shot containing a small dose of whey protein. They consumed the drink 10 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. During a separate week, the same participants drank a control shot without whey protein.
Continuous monitoring throughout the week automatically tracked blood glucose levels. The results showed that glucose levels were more stable when consuming the whey supplement before each meal. On average, the participants had normalized blood sugar levels for 2 additional hours per day compared to the week of the controlled admission.
Compared to the controlled supplement, the participants’ daily blood glucose levels were 0.6 millimoles per liter lower.
Whey protein is animal-based, meaning it naturally contains all of the essential amino acids. It contains branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which promote muscle recovery and synthesis. Whey protein is also fairly rich in calcium, healthy fats, and other beneficial compounds such as omega-3 fatty acids.
The effects of whey protein have also helped to revive insulin. Whey protein consumed before a carbohydrate-rich meal has been shown to stimulate the secretion of insulin and incretin hormone. It can also delay gastric emptying – a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper gastric emptying. This could lead to a noticeable reduction in postprandial glycemia – a blood glucose test that measures the amount of glucose in plasma after a meal – in type 2 diabetes.
Another study posted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition had researchers use whey protein as a supplement to a high-fat meal in patients with type 2 diabetes. They found that the whey protein outperformed other proteins (such as fish or egg whites) in terms of postprandial improvement in lipemia – the increase in circulating triglycerides containing lipoproteins after consumption of a meal. This makes it a very beneficial protein (when consumed in the right proportions).
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