Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.The good new is blood glucose can be controlled through a healthy diet, exercise and weight management, many of those suffering from diabetes will instead turn to pharmaceuticals rather than make the necessary lifestyle changes.
Recent findings from an Israeli study show a different way of helping to manage type 2 diabetes through dietary changes rather than using risky drugs.Whey protein is one of the two main proteins found in milk. It’s popular among athletes and bodybuilders to improve body composition, or the ratio of fat to muscle in your body. However, whey protein may also have benefits for people with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. Start the day off with a healthy breakfast that includes whey protein, it’s proven that adults with type 2 diabetes were able to lose weight and stabilize blood sugar safely and effectively with this method.
Findings shows that whey protein helps Type 2 diabetics by stimulating insulin secretion and reducing blood glucose levels. Although whey protein is found in certain foods, such as yogurt and ricotta cheese, it’s normally consumed in supplement form as a powder and combined with water, milk or juice. Consult your doctor before taking whey protein.
A 23-month study out of Tel Aviv University involved 48 overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes. Each study subject ate the same number of calories over breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Participants were assigned to one of three breakfast diets: a breakfast made up primarily of whey protein; a breakfast containing eggs, soy or tuna; or a breakfast high in carbs. Both groups assigned to the two high-protein breakfasts consumed 49 grams of protein at breakfast, while those assigned to the high-carbohydrate breakfast ingested 17 grams.
Researchers found that patients in the whey protein breakfast group had greater weight loss at 12 weeks into the study than those in either the other protein group or the carbohydrate group. Those consuming whey protein also reported feeling satisfied and less hungry. The research results were published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.Average plasma glucose levels were reduced, as was the incidence of glucose spikes.Researchers also concluded that the whey protein diet markedly reduced the hunger hormone ghrelin.
Whey protein might decrease blood glucose levels after a meal, according to research reported in the July 2005 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Scientists from the University Hospital MAS in Sweden observed that Type 2 diabetics consuming whey protein with breakfast and lunch experienced a significant reduction in blood glucose levels compared with those not ingesting whey with their meals.
Whey protein works by releasing peptides and amino acids into the digestive tract. These cause the production of several hormones in the gut that have an impact on insulin secretion a well as the body’s food intake regulation. The peptides from whey protein may inhibit production of a protein in the digestive tract that is known to degrade incretin, which is crucial for insulin production.
An Australian study published in the journal Obesity found that 54 g/day of whey protein for 12 weeks in overweight individuals lowered systolic blood pressure by 4 percent. A similar study published in the journal found significant results after study subjects consumed 22 g/day after six weeks.
In summary, consumption of whey protein shortly before a high-glycemic index breakfast increased the early and late post-meal insulin secretion, improved GLP-1 responses and reduced post-meal blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetic patients.Whey protein may therefore represent a novel approach for enhancing glucose-lowering strategies in type 2 diabetes.
Choose whey protein sourced from goat’s milk for optimal health benefits:
While whey protein is often thought of in terms of cow’s milk, there are benefits to using whey protein sourced from goat’s milk instead. Goat’s milk is known to be more easily digested and is better tolerated by those with allergies. If you have a lactose intolerance, you are also likely to find you have fewer problems digesting goat’s milk.
Another major advantage of whey protein sourced from goat’s milk is that the fat globules of goat’s milk are smaller, so they do not separate out like in cow’s milk. The separation of the fat from skim in cow’s milk is the major reason cow’s milk is homogenized while goat’s milk needs no homogenization. The homogenization process releases the free radical xanthine oxidase into the milk, considered dangerous to health.
The smaller fat globules found in goat whey is also more easily digested and goat products are naturally low in cholesterol, while being loaded with vitamins and minerals.
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