Whey protein before meals could prevent blood sugar spikes in type 2 diabetics

For diabetics, eating a large meal can raise blood sugar levels above what's considered a healthy range.

Dietary changes and insulin therapy can help combat high blood sugar, but a new study found that eating whey protein before breakfast could also help stimulate insulin secretion, which would assist in lowering glucose levels.

A study published in the journal Diabetologia included 15 people people with well-controlled type 2 diabetes who were not taking any medications except for oral diabetes drugs like metformin. The participants' blood sugar levels were tested 180 minutes after meals to determine how consuming whey affected blood sugar levels.

Comparable to drugs?

Study author Professor Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, said that while she expected whey protein to increase insulin secretion after meals, she didn't expect the dramatic changes that were witnessed in the study.

Glucose levels in participants who ate whey before meals were reduced by 28 percent compared with the levels measured in people who didn't eat whey prior to meals.

The insulin response within the first 30 minutes following meals, too, was 96 percent higher after eating whey protein than without it.

"In summary, consumption of whey protein shortly before a high-glycaemic-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," the authors wrote.

Jakubowicz even went so far as to say the effects seen from whey protein were comparable to anti-diabetic pharmaceutical interventions.

"Whey protein may, therefore, represent a novel approach for enhancing glucose-lowering strategies in type 2 diabetes," Jakubowicz told Medical Research.

Source: Medical Research, The Health Site

Image credit: Apolonia/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Get A Free 7 Day Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Matcha tea is a rich, creamy, full-bodied beverage with amazing nutritional properties that address several diabetes health concerns. The trace...

One way to ensure our body gets a variety of nutrients is eating nutrient-dense foods, and one of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet is...

It would be interesting to know how many people with diabetes actually use blood glucose control solutions to regularly check the accuracy of...

A mood is an internal state or condition of feeling. It colors everything else we experience, much like colored sunglasses add a tint to...

More Articles

Diabetes is a health condition that disrupts the body’s normal production of insulin. Currently, more than one million Americans are diagnosed...

The HbA1c blood test, more commonly known as the A1C, is both a very useful and a very cool calculation of your average blood glucose levels over...

Matcha tea is a rich, creamy, full-bodied beverage with amazing nutritional properties that address several diabetes health concerns. The trace...

A mood is an internal state or condition of feeling. It colors everything else we experience, much like colored sunglasses add a tint to...

Oil pulling therapy derives from Ayurveda, a holistic healing system developed thousands of years ago in India. Ayurvedic medicine maintains that...

You may think beer, wine, and liquor would be categorized as food, but in reality, alcohol is a drug. Just like medications, alcohol has powerful...

When it comes to certain foods, there are always questions as to whether or not a diabetic can have them without...

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Hot weather does not directly alter blood glucose levels. However, sweltering temperatures affect our metabolism and the release of hormones. Heat...

Those who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can greatly reduce their susceptibility by doing one key...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

A diabetes meal plan is a guide indicating what types of foods, and how much of them, people should eat at meal and snack time. Following a meal...

This article was written exclusively for Information About Diabetes by Sarah Havemann, a 21-year-old type 1 diabetic who developed the disease...

There are many causes for both male and female hair loss, including heredity, diet and illness. Could taking prescription insulin be one more...

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical...