Protein Found in Milk May Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes

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Whey, a protein found in dairy products, has long been suspected in helping dieters stay thin, but recent research indicates it may actually help in other ways as well. A recent study reveals that whey may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes.

The report, published in the Journal of Nutrition an Biochemistry, was written by D. Jakubowicz and O. Froy who say that, “recent studies have shown whey protein has beneficial insulinotropic and glucose-lowering properties in both healthy and type 2 diabetes mellitus individuals.” Jakubowicz and Froy are of the Tel Aviv University in Holon, Israel.

The study authors said that whey releases certain biomedical triggers while being digested that promote the production of hormones that entice beta cells, which are located in the pancreas, to secrete insulin. These same hormones are also responsible for the regulation of food intake, which may help curb appetite. Additionally, the report on says:

”These whey protein derived bioactive peptides may also function as endogenous inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) in the proximal gut, preventing incretin degradation, which is good for type 2 diabetes mellitus management. Recent research identified DPP-4 inhibitors in whey protein hydrolysates, which confirms that the anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties are not pure speculation or observation.”

Not Just For Body Builders

Body builders and athletes have used whey protein isolates and whey protein concentrates to help the body produce lean muscle. This study and other research like it show that a variety of people may benefit from whey supplementation. Says the report:

”Whey protein in forms of whey protein hydrolysates and whey protein concentrates is readily available as dietary supplements. In addition to their potential benefits for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, these products can help maintain muscle health including help repair muscle damage induced during physical exercise.”



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