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Whey Good News for Diabetics

New Israeli research suggests whey protein powder helps prevent spikes in blood sugar even after a high-glycemic meal

By: ISRAEL21c Staff

Published: August 21st, 2014 in Health » Israel

Bodybuilders ingest buckets of whey protein powder to bulk up their muscle mass. But researchers from Israel have found a new blood-smart reason to eat like a “hulk” before meals.

A new study by Israeli and Swedish researchers has found that a plain whey protein drink one half hour before breakfast could help diabetics, or those on the verge of diabetes, prevent blood-sugar spikes and better manage the disease.

Researchers Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz and Dr. Julio Wainstein at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon; Prof. Oren Froy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Prof. Bo Ahrén of Lund University and their colleagues studied a group of people who consumed whey protein before eating a high-glucose meal.

When compared to a control group that did not ingest the whey, the results were astonishing, according to a summary of the research published in July in the journal Diabetologia of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Lower blood-glucose levels

It is common knowledge that eating protein stimulates GLP-1, a hormone in the gut, to produce insulin. If so, researchers hypothesized, GLP-1 should be able to help the body control blood sugar after eating a meal.

In the study, the researchers examined 15 people who had type 2 diabetes and were managing their symptoms without medication. These people were offered a protein drink in a hospital setting –– 50 milligrams of whey protein in one cup of water –– and then one half hour later were given a meal with a high glycemic index.

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