Type 2 diabetes means a person’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Unchecked blood sugar levels can pose grave health risks such as heart disease and strokes. Type 2 diabetes may trigger symptoms such as frequent urination and increased thirst, but left untreated, serious complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and stroke may occur. So what can you do to keep blood sugar levels in check?
Milk has long been hailed as a staple for a healthy lifestyle.
Milk is packed with important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium and vitamin D.
Milk is also an excellent source of protein. The relationship between milk product consumption and type 2 diabetes has been examined in a number of studies including several meta-analyses.
According to numerous studies, the evidence indicates that milk products, including higher fat milk products, as well as yogurt and cheese, are associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In a study with dairy nutrition, milk products and how they can lower blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics was analysed.
The study concluded that current evidence indicates that higher consumption of milk products is associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes: Drinking milk could help lower blood sugar levels (Image: Getty Images)
According to another study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, consuming a high-protein milk-based drink at breakfast may help to lower blood sugar levels.
The study claims that drinking milk in the morning may reduce blood glucose levels throughout the day, which could benefit those with type 2 diabetes.
The study also found that consuming whey protein at breakfast significantly reduce’s one’s appetite which is beneficial in type 2 diabetes and weight management.
Doctor Daniela Jakubowicz, professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University said: “A whey protein drink is easily prepared and provides the advantages of a high-protein breakfast on weight loss, reduction of hunger, glucose spikes and glycated haemoglobin, high levels of which are linked to diabetes.”
Type 2 diabetes: Milk is packed with important nutrients (Image: Getty Images)
Type 2 diabetes: According to numerous studies, milk helps to lower blood sugar levels (Image: Getty Images)
All of us, whether we have diabetes or not, need some dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt every day
Diabetes UK said on their website: “All of us, whether we have diabetes or not, need some dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt every day.
“These all contain proteins and vitamins and are an important source of calcium, which help to keep bones and teeth strong.
“Milk and other dairy food generally have a low GI because of the moderate GI effect of the lactose (natural sugar in milk), plus the effect of the milk protein, which slows down the rate of stomach emptying.”