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Exercise, no whey! Yes, whey and activity helps



Blood sugar control is key to the best results for people living with diabetes. Two recently-released studies offer promising ways to understand what affects blood sugar spikes and glucose levels and offers ways help.

These findings go back to diet and exercise as ways to control blood sugar fluctuations.  One study found that consuming whey protein before breakfast helped to ease the blood sugar spike seen directly after eating. The other study found that the exercise combination of aerobic activity and resistance training sparked an added benefit or tighter blood sugar control.

Whey has been found to improve the body’s insulin response. Researchers took that fact and developed a novel approach for enhancing glucose-lowering strategies in type-2 diabetes. There were 15 test subjects who were not using oral meds to control their diabetes. They consumed whey protein, had meals and were tested 180 minutes later. The study found the group who had whey protein had blood sugar levels 28 percent lower than a group who did not have whey protein.

Dr. Timothy Church, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dr. Timothy Church, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Exercise has always been suggested as a tool for blood sugar control, but European researchers wanted to determine what exercise regimens would be best for people living with diabetes. The University of Vienna study found patients with diabetes had better blood sugar control and fasting numbers with aerobic exercises such as swimming or jogging than as a result of resistance training such as toning exercises or muscle strengthening.

Dr. Timothy Church from LSU System’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center found similar results in a 2009 study of 262 sedentary women and men with type 2 diabetes.  The Baton Rouge researchers compared the effect of aerobic training, resistance training, and a combination of A1C levels. Subjects who did both experienced benefits that those who just used one method did not experience.

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