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Whey For Diabetics? No Way!


QUESTION

My sister and I are both O type, and she is diabetic. We are wondering if whey protein in morning shakes are a good idea for us. Any advice? Many thanks!


ANSWER

I would not recommend whey products for type O, and especially type O diabetics, since diabetics have shown tendencies towards elevated antibodies to milk proteins. What I would recommend would include:

Fenugreek seeds: 1-2 tsp daily. These can help regulate blood sugars (1)

One handful of standard 'silver dollar' or domestic mushrooms daily. Mushroom can increase insulin-like activity in the body (this is not usable by O secretors, who may instead want to opt for fava beans.) (2)

The bioflavanoid quercetin. Quercetin has shown an ability to block the enzyme aldose reductase, which is responsible for many of the late stage developments, such as neuropathy and eye damage. (3)

1. Pavithran K. Fenugreek in diabetes mellitus. J Assoc Physicians India. 1994 Jul;42(7):584.

2. Gray AM, Flatt PR. Insulin-releasing and insulin-like activity of Agaricus campestris (mushroom). J Endocrinol. 1998 May;157(2):259-66.

3. Nuraliev IN, Avezov GA. The efficacy of quercetin in alloxan diabetes. Eksp Klin Farmakol. 1992 Jan-Feb;55(1):42-4.




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