Diabetes and Milk || Food for Diabetics

Milk is staple food through out the world.

I myself used to like milk with cornflakes with my breakfast.
The popular notion among the public “Milk is nutritious” makes it the must-have food in every household.

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But is it safe for a diabetic to drink milk?
What is the link between diabetes and milk?
Considering the diabetic face difficulty in metabolizing sugar, does milk raise the blood sugar in the diabetic patient?

Milk is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). They believe that drinking 2-3 cups of milk daily will not cause any harm to the diabetic body.
But it is important for you to understand that milk contains carbohydrate in the form of lactose. According to the healthyfyme app, 250 ml of milk contains 11 gm of carbohydrate which is enough to spike your blood sugar.

So before drinking milk, keep in mind about the spike in blood sugar and take insulin accordingly.

The link between Milk and Type 1 diabetes?
In a shocking research, it was found that babies who are too much dependent on cow’s milk are at high risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.
Generally, milk contains a protein named “A1 Beta casein” which tends to disturb the immune response of the body which may lead to attack its own pancreas, results in the development of Type 1 diabetes.

The above-mentioned protein is not found in “Human Milk” and that’s why doctor’s ask the mother to fed the child with mother’s milk.

Though the above-mentioned research is controversial and some scientist term the results as baseless. Though we still need some detailed results on the subject, it is still preferred to give the child human “breast milk” for at least a year to avoid this complication.

Milk and Type 2 diabetes
On the contrary to the above research, there are studies which claim that drinking non-skimmed mild tend to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The fat known as “trans-palmitoleic acid” can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes among the adults.
This is an important link between diabetes and milk

Whole Milk or Skimmed Milk?
There are different varieties of milk in the market. The difference lies in the amount of fat content.
Whole milk is the same as the regular milk in which the fat content remains the same, while in skimmed milk, the fat content has been reduced to a negligible amount.

Whole milk: around 3.5% fat
Skim Milk: less than 0.5% fat

Now, many nutritionists ask to avoid whole milk due to saturated fat content.
There is a general perception among the public that saturated fat is bad for health and is responsible for the increase in cholesterol in the body.

This is a false notion.
On the contrary, saturated fats are found helpful raising good cholesterol in the body. It is very helpful for your heart health and also protects yours from a metabolic disorder.

Also, in a research, it was found that people who consumed whole milk reported lower body weight and less weight gain throughout the ages

It has become a common perception among the public that fat is bad for health and is the leading cause of diabetes and heart disease.
This is a false notion.
Fat is essential for the body.In fact 60% of our brain is fat. We need fat to absorb certain vitamins in the body which otherwise get washed away through urine.

The fat present in the whole milk helps in the absorption of Vitamin A, D, E and K, which is responsible for essential function inside the body.

Skim Milk
Skim milk is basically for those who are calorie conscious.
It contains less amount of calories while packed with the same amount of nutrient as whole milk.
But it is also deprived of essential fatty acid which is present in whole milk

Also, people drinking skimmed milk feel less satiated and have a tendency to eat more carb based food later to satisfy their hunger
Can Camel Milk Help?
There are diabetics around the world who drink camel milk and are immensely benefited by this step. CAmel milk is know to increase insulin sensitivity in the diabetic body, hence reducing the daily dose of insulin needed through injection.

In a research, a insulin type protein is found in the milk which, if consumed, tends to reduce the insulin requirements of the body. Some people have claimed to reduce the daily dose of insulin by 30% by just incorporating camel milk in their diet.
You can read the research by clicking the link

Camel milk is difficult to found in the country like India and if you do, you will find it quite expensive to consume it daily. But still, if you find the item, try to run this experiment in your body and check if you have benefitted from it.
Hence camel milk can be the milk for diabetics.
Is milk good for diabetics?
Diabetics can consume the milk but they have to keep in mind that milk is a high carbohydrate food and it will raise your blood sugar like anything.
So be mindful about your insulin dosage.

Personally, I have avoided this food since my diabetes diagnosis. I follow a low carb diet plan and i don’t want my blood sugar numbers to go haywire.

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