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Milk bad for diabetes?

milk_diabetes_bad I counsel many clients who are in the pre-diabetes stages or are suffering from full blown diabetes. They are worried about table sugar and are ready to skip it in their morning cuppa or just quit eating sweets..But we have many doctors who know all about “nutrition” and “diet” and end up advising patients about their diets and project themselves that they know it all. I have heard doctors advising to skip sugar(okay acceptable), stop eating fruits(why on earth do they advise this) and stop drinking milk!!! These are the foods considered by doctors to be high in sugar. To tell you the truth, all foods contain sugars except for oils,egg whites,poultry and meats etc and also air and water. I ask my clients who want to have sugar free diets whether they want to live only on these foods and air and water. Then they realize that they were depriving themselves of the foods their body requires. If any doctor asks you to miss a complete food group in your diet, then he or she is misleading you.

Avoiding sugars is acceptable as most of our foods do provide us with natural or “hidden” sugars but avoiding dairy products is like a crime to the body. Milk and milk products are like elixir to the body. It has been proved that consuming low fat dairy products can help to reduce insulin resistance, than those who were avoiding dairy. The sugar present in milk products are lactose, which is also known as milk sugar, is said to be converted to blood sugar relatively slowly. This can help in blood sugar control and also help in reducing insulin resistance. (Pic showing a smart lady sipping on milk)

The protein present in milk too will fill you up and will prevent mid meal binges. If you are overweight, then you can opt for fat free milk products, but if your weight is under control, then you can opt for low fat milk, where the fat content is less than 2% of fat. The fat too will keep you satisfied and hence milk products can work as good snacks.

So how can you incorporate milk products in your diet…

  • Add milk in your high fiber cereal for breakfast.
  • Make smart choices for snack. Eat low fat yogurt with fruits for a snack.
  • Add cottage cheese in your salad.
  • Add low fat cheese in your sandwich…
  • Drink milk after dinner as a post a dinner snack.
  • Make low fat milk sweets at home for dessert.
  • Make fruit smoothies with milk and you can also add low fat dry milk powder for the extra boost of vitamins and protein…

So do not skip dairy if you want to maintain your blood sugars…

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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24 Responses to Milk bad for diabetes?

  1. Lynn Hayner August 18, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    You should review the literature on this subject. According to recent extensive research,
    the protein in dairy products (casein) is a leading cause of some cancers. See The China Study
    by Drs. Campbell or watch the video “Forks Over Knives”. Common sense would tell you that God designed cow’s milk for baby cows, not human beings.
    Also, in countries such as China, the Phillipines, etc. where dairy products are used very little, there is almost no osteoporosis, diabetes, or breast cancer.

  2. Amanda August 19, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    I think you should apply caution here. One good thing is that you indicate up to 500 mL per day of milk while some of the people commenting are drinking much more than this. We recently reintroduced milk into my daughter’s diet and it caused hyperglycemia to the point she is considered mildly diabetic. Removing it from her diet has dropped her fasting blood glucose down a bit and she is not having the high postprandials she was having. There is research indicating milk itself does not slow down the rise in blood sugar, but that yoghurt does so it may be the type of milk that is ingested depending on the person.

  3. Maritza Serrano April 21, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    I’m having high blood sugar and low blood sugar and i don’t know what i’m going to do, I try to follow some diet but no result.

  4. Vijay Agrey May 1, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    l am a diebetic, l always check my sugar on fasting it normally ranges from 39 to 48.Yesterday i had a glass of milk before sleeping.I checked it the next morning on fasting it was 113.I was shocked & considered my Glucometer showing an error……..kindly comment.

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