Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Mystery of Milk's Relationship to Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Every diet for reversing diabetes prohibits dairy. But epidemiological studies, like the Caerphilly Prospective Study. find drinking a pint of milk or more every day reduces the risk of prediabetes/metabolic syndrome anywhere from 22 to 82 per cent. How does one account for this discrepancy?

The answer may be hormones.

Drinking milk or eating dairy products has hormonal effects. One of them is that, in many people, milk consumption leads to insulin production.

Too much insulin is a bad thing. Insulin moves sugar out of the bloodstream, but it is much more efficient at moving fat, 300 times more efficient, actually. And while cells can become insulin-resistant, they don't become fat resistant.

If you are on a cleansing diet to reverse diabetes, you really don't want anything stimulating your residual insulin production in ways that encourage the storing of fat. That's why vegan diets, near-vegan diets, and various cleansing diets for treating diabetes usually discourage all dairy products.

But how could drinking milk also prevent diabetes?

Well, sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. In the Caerphilly study, drinking milk did prevent prediabetes, but didn't prevent full-blown diabetes. If anything, drinking milk seemed to cause thin people to become diabetic faster. That's because milk products shift the body's balance of human growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor.

The more dairy you consume, the more your body makes insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and the less it makes human growth hormone (HGH). IGF-1 keeps cells from dying at the end of their life cycle. HGH encourages new cells to develop.

IGF-1 lowers blood sugars, so there would be less prediabetes, but the reduction of HGH may lead to full-blown diabetes. Milk consumption may simply lead to the more sudden onset of diabetes.

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