By Metohuey Michael Adoglo
Scientists believe Protein drinks slow down how quickly food is digested and stimulate hormones to prevent sugar levels rising so quickly.
A study was conducted by Newcastle University where they had people with Type-2 diabetes drink a pre-made shot containing a low dose of protein supplements before eating a normal meal.
They were monitored for a week as they went about normal daily life.
The same participants were given control shots containing no protein for a further week, and had blood tests to measure the results against each other.
In the end the test showed that glucose levels were much better controlled when taking the protein supplement before meals, with an average of an extra two hours per day of normal blood sugar levels compared with the no protein week.
Dr. Daniel West, principal investigator at Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre and Diabetes Research Group, said:
“While previous studies for a few hours in the lab have shown the potential for this dietary intervention, this is the first time that people have been monitored as they go about normal life.
“We believe protein supplements works in two ways, firstly, by slowing down how quickly food passes through the digestive system and secondly, by stimulating a number of important hormones that prevent the blood sugars climbing so high.”
The team intend to further explore the benefits of non-medical interventions, running the study on a larger scale and for a longer period of up to six months.
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