If milk is a nutritious powerhouse, might this suggest that drinking it could be helpful for people who have diabetes?
Dr. Pakhi Sharma of Phable says that patients with diabetes can benefit from drinking milk, but only if they're consuming the right kind of milk.
Milk has a low glycemic index (GI) of31, indicating that it may not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as meals with a higher GI.
The calcium and vitamin D in milk help build strong bones, so diabetics can still benefit from the bone-strengthening properties of milk by choosing sugar-free or low-fat varieties.
This can be especially essential for diabetics, as these nutrients can help prevent fractures caused by diabetes.
However, people with diabetes should avoid or limit the consumption of high-sugar milk products like full fat milk if at all possible.
In addition to sugar, flavored milks such as some kinds of chocolate or strawberry milk can also be high in carbohydrates and total fat, despite their deliciousness.
Instead, Dr. Sharma recommends that people with diabetes consume no more than two or three servings of sugar-free milk per day.
Also, check the nutrition label prior to purchase, as some low-fat milk types still include significant levels of carbohydrates and sugar.