January 20


Why is Whey Protein Good for Your Blood Sugar Levels?

By Gabriela

January 20, 2021

One of the 2 big proteins found in dairy and milk products is whey protein. The other big protein is casein. However, many people seem to have sensitivities to this certain protein. But, only a few people have a sensitivity to whey protein.

You should know that whey protein is actually used for different purposes. Purposes such as boosting fat loss, maintaining protein intake on a daily basis, and building muscle mass.

Yes, whey is not the only protein that can boost fat loss. In fact, most proteins do that. However, not all of them are available in powder form.

Benefits of Whey Protein

You should know that whey protein is rich in the amino acid L-cysteine. L-cysteine is actually used in order to synthesize one of the most vital antioxidants in the body -glutathione.

The buildup of free radicals- oxidative stress is considered to be one of the causes of insulin resistance. Also, it is thought that it might be the reason behind certain complications related to diabetes like kidney damage, retinopathy, and peripheral neuropathy.

The whey protein seems to lower blood glucose and increase the secretion of insulin after a meal. In addition, whey protein might help lower triglyceride levels in people with diabetes after meals.

Studies on This Topic

According to studies, if whey protein is eaten before breakfast it might NCBI in people who have type 2 diabetes.

One team from Newcastle University showed the results of 2 different studies. They did that at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

One study had 12 participants. All participants were men, and they were all obese. Before their breakfast high in calories, these men ate 20 g of whey protein. After their breakfast, they walked for half an hour.

According to the results of this small study, the men had better blood glucose levels. On the other hand, the second study had 11 participants. All participants had type 2 diabetes, and all were a man.

They were given 15 g of whey protein before their usual breakfast. According to the results, they had similar improvements in their blood glucose levels.

The Opinion of the Lead Researcher

According to the lead researcher from Newcastle University, Dr. Daniel West people are aware that high blood sugar levels after consuming meals might be detrimental when it comes to cardiovascular health.

Moreover that it might lead to poor management of blood sugar. He said that according to the results of the studies consumption of whey protein before the usual breakfast might help people avoid high blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Whey Protein for People with Diabetes

Whey protein can help in programs for weight loss since it can help make you feel full for a longer period. Moreover, this protein comes with anti-inflammatory properties.

This might be extremely beneficial for your overall health and your diabetes. It’s like that since inflammation might make weight loss and control of the blood glucose levels tougher.

Last, but not least whey protein can increase the fat loss found in the liver. All in all, whey protein can serve as a useful tool for people with diabetes.

However, you should bear in mind that the decreases in blood glucose were notable, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will occur under all conditions. It’s also important what you consume for breakfast.

But, the combination of the right exercise, diet, and whey protein might help people with diabetes keep control over their blood glucose.

How to Use Whey Protein

You should know that a reasonable amount of this protein for most people is around 0.8 grams for each kilogram of body weight or  0.36 grams for each pound of body weight.

You can sprinkle the protein over cereal, add it in stir-fries, soups, and stews or make a whey smoothie.

Bear in mind that on its own whey protein might have a bitter taste. However there are different flavor choices, but you might also add certain spices like nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. Or you can use non-caloric non-sugary sweeteners such as stevia.

Do you use whey protein? Remember to consult your doctor before you make any changes to your usual diet and diabetes management plan.


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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