Israeli Study Says Whey Protein Helpful Against Type 2

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-11-30 14:37:08 -0600
Started 2012-11-28 08:30:12 -0600

By Diabetes Health

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel report that taking whey protein isolates or concentrates may help treat type 2 diabetes and prevent obesity.

Whey protein, which accounts for 30 percent of the protein found in milk, is often used by weight lifters to help build muscle strength and bulk. It is readily available as a dietary supplement.
The Israeli researchers say that the protein can help stimulate insulin production and lower blood glucose levels both in healthy people and people with type 2 diabetes.

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diabetesfree 2012-11-30 14:37:08 -0600 Report

This is the same type of protein found in most powdered (and pre-mixed) protein drinks on the market today. You can usually find bulk containers of various protein mixes at places like Costco, Target or Walmart. Just make sure to read the ingredients label carefully, as some drinks use other sources of protein or blend the mix with excessive carbohydrates. Many mixes have zero carbs though and no sugars.

If you want anything other than vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavored protein drinks (the most common), I would highly recommend a specialty shop like GNC or Vitamin World. They often have protein mixes in a wide variety of flavors. You can also find some pretty good tasting pre-mixed protein drinks at grocery stores like Muscle Milk or EAS. Again, be sure to read the labels though. Much like "protein bars", most of these drinks also include an excessive amount of carbohydrates and calories.

While retailers like GNC are usually more expensive, you will usually find that the staff there are a lot more knowledgeable about ingredients and can suggest brands that are better tasting, healthier or better suited for what your goals are (i.e. losing weight vs building muscle mass).

JoleneAL 2012-11-28 11:38:45 -0600 Report

But we have to make sure we get the unsweetened kind!

GabbyPA 2012-11-29 05:47:44 -0600 Report

I have one that is sweetened with stevia. It is Jillian Michale's brand. I like the taste a lot.

JoleneAL 2012-11-30 08:22:40 -0600 Report

I'll check that out. I'm sure I do not get enough protein during the day. Hubby says I eat like a bird … I'm considering knocking out a lot of gluten from my diet too now!

GabbyPA 2012-11-30 11:49:56 -0600 Report

I am sure going gluten free is a huge help. I try to keep it to a minimum myself. there are a lot of good options out there.