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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Is milk ok for a diabetic or does it make blood sugar go up?

I am aware there is fructose in milk so this is why I ask.

Also, if milk is ok, is the dry powdered version ok or do you have to take the fresh version, what is the difference?

Lastly, which type would be best? Skim, non-fat, 1%, 2% or whole? or all are ok?


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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Milk will affect each of us slightly differently, as will most foods in fact. But in all of us, it will raise blood sugar since it contains a reasonable amount of lactose (5%), a disaccharide comprising one molecule of glucose and one molecule of galactose. In the digestion, these simple sugars are released and the results will show up on you glucose monitor. I once woke up with a low b.s. (40) and thought I'd take the edge off it with a large slug of milk straight from the fridge - nothing else. Next time I checked, my monitor read 137!!! I don't drink milk anymore.

There's no fructose in milk, fructose is a fruit sugar. If you reduce the proportion of fat in milk, you effectively increase the proportion of lactose in the remaing milk. In other words, the less fat in the milk, the more sugar and the greater the impact on your blood sugar. This is precisely the same principle which makes processed low-fat foods a very poor choice, not only for diabetics, but for anyone. The fat is the healthiest bit! If you use milk at all, I'd suggest whole milk as the best choice.

As for the dried, powdered varieties, I'm struggling to find a reason for using that at all. You'd need to look closely at the ingredients panel - anything in there ending in -ose and best steer clear I'd say.

All the best,


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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 12/21/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I quit eating anything white (except cauliflower) my sugars have dropped, I'm off my Lantus and stopped my Avandia, as well as lowered my metformin to 1500mg a day vs. 2000. If you're doing the same and not consuming grain based foods, ie. no cereal, there's not much reason to drink milk. I take a calcium supplement with vitamin D in it and call it good. This was done with my doctor's recommendation. I have mild osteoporosis.

And in case you didn't know it... I think fergusc is a rocket scientist or something close to it! (LOL!) Always has a brilliant scientific answer... (Thanks for the info, Ferg!)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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   Posted 12/21/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, you just made a Scotsman blush.
This isn't easily achieved, and often involves the exposure of body parts, lusty singing and the type of whiskey we don't export.
And you thought I was the rocket scientist!
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