What Kind Of Milk Can You Drink If You Have Diabetes?

Updated at: Jul 22, 2020
What Kind Of Milk Can You Drink If You Have Diabetes?

In research conducted in the US, it was found that adults who eat more unflavoured yoghurt are less at danger of developing type 2 diabetes.

Tavishi Dogra
DiabetesReviewed by: Swati Bathwal, International Sports DietitianPublished at: Jul 22, 2020Written by: Tavishi Dogra

Milk is a necessary part of the diet for most of us. Because we consider milk to be the best source of calcium, but it should also be noted that milk also contains carbohydrates, in this case, if you take a diet according to diabetes, then how many calories are you getting from milk, curd, cheese (50gm is 5 gm carbs), butter, ghee? It should be noted. As per the American Diabetes Association, diabetic people should include 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrate per meal in their diet. But in the practical scenario, 60 gms of the meal is a lot. If you also drink a glass of milk during breakfast (it contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates), then you should think about how many calories it is increasing in your food. It's all about the fat, as insulin resistance is a part of diabetes. 

Which type of milk is better?

  • When all ingredients are present in milk, such as cream, then that milk is called raw milk or fat milk. This milk has a lot of fat available, so a lot of calories are found in it.
  • The milk from which fat is removed is called skimmed milk. However, the amount of fat in this milk is low or not at all, whereas carbohydrates are present in it.
  • Almond milk can be a better option than cow or buffalo milk, as it also contains fewer carbohydrates.
  • All these things indicate that cow or buffalo milk is not a healthy option for diabetic people. But recent research has revealed other things.
  • Almond Unsweetened Vanilla Milk: This milk is lactose-free, calcium-rich and slightly sweet. 1 cup has forty calories, zero saturated fat and two grams of carbs. Its distinct nutty flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment for breakfast cereals and whole-grain slices of bread.

Raw milk can be beneficial in type 2 diabetes!

  • In 2013, a study conducted on several pieces of research suggested that in fact, the use of raw milk (whole milk) protects against diabetes and heart disease. This is due to a compound called trans palmitoleic acid present in milk fat, which improves the insulin sensitivity of the body. A study of 3,300 healthy people aged 30 to 75 years was conducted for 15 years, the result of which was presented in 2016.
  • This publication stated that among those who use high-fat dairy products, the risk of having type 2 diabetes is 44% less than that of those consuming low-fat foods. The authors have suggested that further study is needed to understand the shocking result of this fat from dairy products. Moreover, every person with diabetes is not the same, and everyone's insulin sensitivity varies from person to person.

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Milk and type-2 diabetes

  • In type-2 diabetes, the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin; therefore, the person has to look for alternative means to control their sugar level. But do you know the role of breakfast? Yes, breakfast plays an indispensable role in managing blood sugar levels.
  • As per research, unusual diets increase your sugar level, whereas, if you eat a fixed snack, then it is helpful for diabetes management. As per a new study, milk is one of the most beneficiary foods in diabetes management. According to research published in the Journal of Dairy Science, the consumption of milk helps to regulate blood sugar levels everywhere during the day.
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  • The University of Toronto, in collaboration with Douglas Goff (PhD), a team of researchers at the University of Guelph (from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit) investigated the effects of high protein milk intake at breakfast on blood sugar levels.
  • According to researchers, metabolic diseases are on the rise globally, with significant concerns of type 2 diabetes and obesity in human health. Thus, people should develop a dietary strategy to manage obesity and diabetes risk to improve their health.

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Camel milk is better in type 1 diabetes

  • A summary of research conducted on camel milk revealed an interesting point (but there are not a lot of shreds of evidence), in which it was found that drinking camel milk helps in reducing the blood sugar level and insulin requirement of people who have type 1 diabetes.
  • It has also been said in the same publication that using camel milk can help in avoiding or recovering from problems related to diabetes like kidney, liver and wound healing.

Milk products and diabetes

  • A review of the survey of dairy products said that the use of milk products and aged or yellow colour cheese (does not contain any carbohydrate and is rich in protein and fat) could effectively reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Now your question may be that according to these figures, can I drink milk in diabetes? That, too, without worrying about how it would affect my diabetes. So there is no clear answer to this question at present; we can give you a piece of simple advice to include these things in limited quantity in your diet.
  • Keep in mind how many calories you are getting from these things and if necessary, take care so that your blood sugar level remains balanced.

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