The debate around milk and diabetes is intense. You will have seen the world famous ‘got milk?’ advertising campaign on TV, telling you all about the benefits of milk and why you should drink it. Full of calcium, health perks, as well as being delicious, milk could also have benefits for diabetes patients, with many trials and studies still going into it.
You Thought Milk Wasn’t The Greatest for Diabetes Control?
Many people thought the same for a long time, but studies which have gone into this statement over the last few years have pointed to the contrary. It is thought that drinking milk regularly could help to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, which is also linked to obesity. Why? Because of an ingredient found in milk called trans-palmitoleic acid.
Everyone thinks dairy products are unhealthy to a degree, because they are full of fat, but they are also very beneficial in terms of getting a good supply of calcium and protein. Cheese, yogurt and milk should certainly appear in a diet for everybody, diabetic or not, but the key word is ‘moderation’.
Of course, it’s a good idea to drink skimmed or semi-skimmed milk if possible because it cuts down on the number of calories you’re consuming within a day, and we know that this is good for general health and wellbeing overall, not just for diabetes control. Full fat milk is quite calorific in general.
Just to Balance The Argument …
The link between milk and diabetes is not fully understood. A lot more research needs to go into these claims in order to give a firm finding, as it was previously thought that cow’s milk was actually detrimental to health, with an increased risk of type 1 diabetes developing.
This is because the presence of insulin from the cow found in the milk can actually increase the risk of developing the condition, as well as affecting blood glucose control. Again, this is not yet 100% proven, but a firm proving on whether milk is actually great, or not so great, should be coming our way soon.
Milk and Diabetes. Some Precautions
Not everyone can drink milk, maybe because of an intolerance or some other reason, so in this case alternatives can be used. For instance, casein is a protein which is present in milk, and not everyone is able to tolerate it; in that case, soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk can be used instead.
Of course, women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes have to be careful of dairy products, in fact pregnant women in general, and avoid some types of cheese, unpasteurized milk, and uncooked eggs.
If you are at all concerned about whether or not you can drink milk, perhaps it makes you feel ill and you may have an intolerance for instance, then talk to your doctor.
Further research and a firm proved case needs to go into just how beneficial milk is in conjunction with diabetes and its control, but milk is certainly a healthy option, in the face of many unhealthy options on the supermarket shelf.
Got milk? Certainly!