How much milk should I have a day? I'm a type 2 diabetic.

Amy Campbell


The answer varies, depending on who is answering the question. The USDA recommends that women consume 3 cups of dairy foods each day. “Dairy foods” include milk, soy milk, yogurt, milk-based desserts (like pudding) and cheese. The Harvard School of Public Health suggests limiting milk intake to 1 to 2 cups per day, as some studies suggest a link between milk and an increased risk of prostate or ovarian cancer. For diabetes meal -planning purposes, 8 ounces of milk contains 12 grams of carbohydrate, which is pretty similar to the amount of carbohydrate in 1 slice of bread or 1 small piece of fruit. This means that milk can affect blood glucose levels, so it must be counted as a carbohydrate choice in your eating plan. Also, if you drink milk, choose nonfat (skim) or low-fat (1%) versions to limit calories and saturated fat. It’s also important to note that a person doesn’t “have” to drink milk. Many people dislike milk or are unable to tolerate it, either due to a lactose intolerance or to a milk allergy. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and also is fortified with vitamin D. But it’s certainly possible to get these nutrients from other food sources and from dietary supplements.

May 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm