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Most people are too concerned about whether whey proteins are suitable for diabetes. The answer to this question might not mean much if you neglect other important factors. Before you worry about the use of whey proteins, think of these concepts. For example, ask yourself these questions, does your activity match your goals? Do you get enough sleep? How well do you manage your stress? What other supplements could you be using? Above all this, what measures should you apply to balance your blood glucose levels? Something to think about here is that; no matter how much whey protein you might consume, it may not help you if you fail to manage your glucose levels or the other FAR more important questions to be asking.

Whey proteins are widely available However, most people don’t understand what they are, what they made of, or the importance of consuming them. A simple description of whey protein is that it is one of the protein fragments found in dairy protein, like milk. I know you are curious to know the benefits of using whey proteins. Well, whey proteins provide energy through caloric consumption. They also have an insulin spike from the various amino acids. If you are looking for a way to hit your protein targets, then whey protein is a way to go. Not the only way… but another tool in the shed, so to speak.

Another thing you should note is that whey proteins are excellent for muscle protein recovery since they contain all the essential amino acids.

Now, with all that in mind, it is good to understand how whey proteins affect blood glucose levels. You might be aware that most protein foods stimulate insulin release. Note that whey proteins are easily + quickly absorbed since they are rapidly digested. Because of this, they have a high ability to trigger the body to release more insulin. Research has also revealed that when whey proteins are consumed in addition to food materials like carbs, the body releases more insulin. This mostly affects people with type 2 diabetes. However, people with type 1 diabetes encounter high levels of blood glucose and thus the need for consuming the increased and correct doses of insulin. 

Having evaluated all that, it’s time to question whether it is healthy for people with diabetes to consume whey proteins. The answer is a big yes. The only thing you need to do is to check on your protein demands and consume a considerable amount of whey proteins if the demands are high. For example, if you work in a high-stress job, whey proteins can help you to get your protein levels in line. While whey protein can increase glucose levels, they can be assessed, monitored and medication administered to maintain the required balance – like any other food.

Bottom line – If we as diabetics, understand what certain foods or macronutrients do to our sugar levels – we can consume them while being comforted by our own knowledge and education to enjoy them while keeping our glucose levels in range.

There are very few foods that are good or bad for diabetics. Not understanding how diabetes works and how these said foods affect our diabetes and sugar levels – is where the problems occur.

Feel free to comment below and ask me any questions you have.

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