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Blood glucose control

Keeping blood sugar levels within a normal range is important for staying  healthy1
Prolonged periods of too high levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia) can cause damage to many tissues in the body, leading to the development of disabling and life-threatening health complications. Complications of hyperglycemia can be prevented or delayed by maintaining blood glucose, levels as close to normal as possible.

Millions of people worldwide struggle with poor control of their blood sugar levels2
Not being able to control the level of blood glucose in the circulation, is a hallmark of people with diabetes. People with diabetes suffer from hyperglycemia either because they are not producing enough insulin (Type 1), or because the body does not respond properly to insulin (Type 2). Diabetes has now become a global epidemic for which WHO has called for action.

Apart from people with diabetes, a growing number of non-diabetic people have an impaired ability to regulate blood glucose levels which put them in increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

  • >400 million people with diabetes globally suffer from hyperglycemia
  • >300 million people globally, are challenged with raised blood glucose levels (not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes), a condition referred to as pre-diabetes.

People with diabetes or pre-diabetes are less able to control their blood glucose levels, have higher fasting glucose levels and typically experience longer periods of elevated blood glucose levels after meals.

Blood glucose levels are affected by diet and lifestyle choice
A large body of evidence supports the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions – healthy diet and physical exercise – for managing hyperglycemia and for delaying and preventing diabetes complications.

In a recent clinical study done in collaboration with researchers at the University of Newcastle, Arla Foods Ingredients has demonstrated that by ingesting 15g of Lacprodan® Whey Protein just before a meal (pre-meal), people with type 2 diabetes obtained better control of their blood sugar levels3

Benefits of whey proteins to help stabilise blood sugar levels
Dietary protein has a stimulating effect on insulin secretion (insulinotrophic) – and thus helps stabilise blood glucose levels after a meal.

Particularly, whey protein has a strong insulin stimulating effect and long term whey protein intake has been shown to lower fasting insulin levels and reduce insulin resistance.

A scientific paper presenting the results from the clinical study demonstrating improved control of blood glucose with Lacprodan® Whey Protein is currently in submission and will be made available after publishing.

Relevant links:

World Health Organization (WHO)
International Diabetes Foundation
 

References: 

  1. World Health Organization. Global health risks: mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major risks.  ISBN 978 92 4 156387 1. WHO. 2009
  2. IDF Atlas 2015. 7th edition
  3. King et al. in press

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