Diabetes affects more than 25 million Americans and costs more than $174 billion annually in health care and related costs for treatment. However, Australian research shows that the fight against the disease may have a new ally – whey.

According to Health Canal, researchers from Curtin University have found that whey ccould help fight and reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

“Our study demonstrates how consumption of a protein found in milk called whey – a highly digestible source of protein found in many dairy products – impacts positively on the pancreatic cells, helping them to release more insulin,” said Professor Phillip Newsholme, head of Curtin’s School of Biomedical Sciences and leader of the project. "This, in turn, helps to regulate blood glucose levels and could aid in the management of type 2 diabetes.”

Published in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the study shows the need for further studies on the role of whey and milk in Type 2 diabetes management. Read, “Milk could combat diabetes: Curtin research” or click here for the study.

This isn’t the first time dairy has been associated with treating or preventing diabetes.

Earlier this month, researchers from the United States, Iceland and Demand found that mothers who consumed milk during pregnancy were giving their unborn children a boost. Their teens were not only taller than those born to mothers who didn’t drink milk, but also had higher levels of insulin in their bloodstream, suggesting a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.  

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