More than 29 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes. An additional eight million are undiagnosed. And an estimated 86 million display symptoms of “pre-diabetes.”
It’s no wonder that an estimated $176 billion is spent each year on diabetes medications and care alone. Billions more are spent on medical devices and so-called “diabetic-safe” industrial foods, many of which actually promote or worsen blood sugar control due to their high levels of sugar, artificial sweeteners and harmful fats.
With all of these harmful drugs, fake pharma-foods, and expensive gadgets (not to mention, the mass media and marketing surrounding them), many people with blood sugar issues feel pressure from their physicians, family and friends to concede, becoming dependent on prescription medications.
But it’s not just people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who should be concerned about blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar within a healthy range is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, weight gain, hormonal issues, certain cancers and more.
Fortunately, recent research shows that a simple, healthy, drinkable addition to your meals may not only stabilize blood sugar enough to prevent post-meal blood sugar surges… this tasty treat may even be powerful enough to reduce the need for diabetes medications altogether.
So, what is this tasty treat?
Whey Protein and Diabetes: The Ultimate Blood-Sugar Balancing Shake
Well, it’s not just any shake – it’s a shake made with whey protein.
Researchers at Wolfson Medical Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem evaluated a cohort of type 2 diabetes patients. The participants were divided into two groups. The first group received 50 grams of whey protein in 250 ml of water and a high-glycemic breakfast. The second consumed only the same, blood-sugar spiking breakfast. Blood samples were taken before the meal, when the whey protein was taken, and at specific intervals afterward.
The researchers found that blood sugar levels were reduced after the meal by an impressive 28 percent in the participants who consumed the whey shake. What’s more, the whey shake group also enjoyed a 105 percent increase in insulin release and 141 percent higher levels of glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) – a gut hormone that stimulates insulin secretion. All in all, the whey shake group enjoyed a 96 percent improvement in early insulin response compared to the control group.
The lead researcher on the study, Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz, said:
“What’s remarkable is that consuming whey protein before meals reduces the blood sugar spikes seen after meals. It also improves the body’s insulin response, putting it in the same range or even higher than that produced by novel anti-diabetic drugs.”
Eat Wisely, Move Often, Add Whey Protein
When it comes to controlling your blood sugar – or even reversing diabetes – focus on lifestyle and diet first.
Move your body. Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. And base your meals around the low-carb, grain-free, healthy-fat foods that are known to naturally regulate blood sugar and metabolism, including grass-fed beef, bison and lamb, pastured poultry and wild fish, with as many of the above-ground veggies you can eat.
And for even more blood-sugar balancing power and nutrition, add a delicious low-sugar shake made with non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein before a meal.
And here’s more good news… Did you know that you can still enjoy all your favorite sweet treats without a care as to how it will affect your blood sugar or your health? It’s true – but only if you choose what we like to call, “intelligent ingredients.”
Healing Gourmet has produced an indispensable guide to healthy, low-glycemic desserts, called GUILT-FREE-DESSERTS – with more than 40 dessert recipes that won’t spike your blood sugar or sour your health!