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Whey Protein - How Can it Benefit Type 2 Diabetics?
Whey protein is a natural product, produced as part of the cheese making process. It is probably most renowned for being a supplement used for bodybuilders and weight trainers as it is an excellent source of protein. Whey protein is not only of benefit to bodybuilders and weight trainers but also to sufferers of conditions such as cancer sufferers, people who are overweight and to Diabetic sufferers.
How can it benefit Diabetic sufferers?
As mentioned already, whey protein is the best natural source of protein. Protein can become an element lacking in some Diabetic's diets, as a result of their dietary alterations. Whey protein also lowers levels of blood glucose and this is thought to happen because higher protein levels stimulate Insulin production from the Pancreas.
This particular element is of no benefit to Insulin dependent Diabetics however, because they have no Insulin production to stimulate. The other elements can help though but as with any dietary change for Diabetic's, blood glucose levels need to be closely monitored. It is also important to view the amount of protein per serving as this can vary from brand to brand.
In addition to its direct effect on Diabetes, whey protein is also useful in blood pressure control and weight management. These are two problems commonly encountered by diabetics. Whey releases appetite-suppressing hormones in the body, therefore reducing the need to ‘snack’ between main meals. Whey is also quite naturally filling, and so if taken as a ‘snack’ meal itself, it can prove not only healthier than fatty snacks but it will also leave you full until your next main meal.
Whey protein and Diabetes are a good combination but please consult your medical practitioner before undergoing any changes to your diet just to be safe and whey protein powder, nor any other supplement, should replace any medication you are prescribed.
I hope this has been of some use to you and I thank you for reading.
David Stanhope www.wheyproteinking.com
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