There is a reason why mums did what they used to do when we were kids – one of the most predominant things being running after with a glass of milk
and insisting that we finished it from the brim to bottom without question. Milk being a rich source of calcium, it was a no-brainer that this drink was key to keeping the bones and teeth strong. But now, new research associates milk with a lower risk of a chronic lifestyle disorder which affects people across all age groups in the world – it is type-2 diabetes
Research suggests that milk contains nutrients that boost the body’s ability to process sugar. Type-2 diabetes is a chronic lifestyle disorder characterised by spiking blood sugar levels
, insulin resistance or insufficiency that may in the long run cause heart disease, blindness, stroke or limb amputation.
According to a new research to be presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm, eating dairy
products can mitigate diabetes risk for this they analysed 13 major studies on diet and diabetes. They discovered that drinking one glass of milk per day was associated with a 10 per cent lower risk of diabetes – 200 grams of dairy in a day contributed to five per cent dip in the odds. Furthermore, one bowl of yogurt a day was associated with a six per cent drop.
This effect is attributed to the vitamins, nutrients, bioactive compounds in milk that have a positive impact on glucose metabolism
. Whey proteins in milk modulate rise of blood sugar levels after eating. Probiotics also have a positive impact on glucose metabolism which is why yogurt is considered beneficial for diabetics.
Experts, however, found red meat to be unhelpful for patients with diabetes risk – eating 100 grams of steak or other sources of processed red per day meat could be associated with a 22 per cent high risk of diabetes. This is because of the saturated fats and inflammatory effects of the food which can reduce insulin sensitivity of the cells. Nitrates, nitrites and sodium in red meat could also damage insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.