Brand New Groundbreaking Diabetes Research about Whey Protein

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According to the U.S. Government, nearly one in ten persons in the United States has diabetes. Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have pre-diabetes, which means that their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. 15 -30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years unless they adopt weight loss and moderate physical activity strategies. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.1 Those affected are desperate for a cure and even for information about how to better manage their disease. Not only diabetics are enormously concerned, so is big business. Their disease is an enormous money-maker to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. In fact it is projected that the diabetes drug market will soon reach $55 billion.2 Many people speculate that because of the enormous profit for drug companies, serious efforts to find a cure are not being supported.3 For these reasons, new ground-breaking research about the ingestion of whey protein by diabetics has staggering implications! Whey protein has been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after meals and improve the body’s insulin response. Researchers discovered that whey protein, stimulates the production of a gut hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which boosts insulin.4whey-protein-310nutrtion

The study, carried out by researchers in Israel and published in the journal Diabetologia, found that those who ate whey protein before a high glycemic breakfast saw an instant increase in insulin production. Professor Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University, said: “Consumption of whey protein shortly before 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 represents a novel approach for enhancing glucose-lowering strategies in Type 2 diabetes.”5 The authors conclude: "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."6

How should people with diabetes respond to this information?

Diet Change

One essential strategy for anyone looking to improve or even eliminate their diabetes is to make a few critical changes in their diet. First step is to look for a whey protein supplement that they can easily take every morning. What should they look for in a product? First, the whey product must contain no sugar, even artificial sugar. And, the whey itself must be of high quality, clean and pure without additives and chemicals. Second, it should be palatable and good tasting since this regimen of whey-before-breakfast is meant to be long term. Not liking the taste will most likely result in lack of adherence.


Third, if the diabetic person is overweight, the presence of appetite suppressant qualities in their whey product would be highly beneficial. Not only would they be going a long way towards controlling their disease, they would also be assisting in their own weight loss.

Addition of exercise

An excellent overview of this problem along with many ideas of simple and fun exercise programs can be found in Diabetes Self Management.7 Any increase in movement is helpful, as is avoiding excess sitting. Outdoor exercise like taking a walk or riding a bike can be highly beneficial, as can programs at gyms or community center. The important thing is to increase movement and be regular about it.

In Summary

There is good news for the millions of people who suffer from diabetes. New groundbreaking research has proven that ingestion of whey protein before a high glycemic breakfast significantly increases insulin levels and reduces blood sugar after the meal. It is well known that exercise and diet are critical components of diabetes management, but this new finding could radically improve the lives of many people. And it is so very simple – drink whey protein for breakfast! It can’t get much easier than that. States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Daniela Jakubowicz et al. Incretin, insulinotropic and glucose-lowering effects of whey protein pre-load in type 2 diabetes: a randomised clinical trial. Diabetologia, July 2014

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