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Type 2 diabetes is a growing health problem, largely in part to the continued rise in obesity. It is not unique to adults and is becoming more of a concern for children and teenagers.

Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas in the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body cannot effectively use the insulin. The usual solutions, depending on severity, are anything from diet control, to insulin stimulating drugs or a combination of both drugs and insulin to be taken.

Type 2 diabetes can be due to a number of reasons: family history, having given birth to a baby weighing 9lbs or more and poor weight management and obesity in adults and teenagers. (Please see the page on the benefits and advantages of whey protein powder for weight loss.)

These factors and more can contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes. There are a number of symptoms associated with diabetes, including: blurred vision, increased thirst, drinking more water, passing urine more frequently, increased tiredness and slow healing wounds.

If you are suffering from any of the above, diabetes may be the reason so you should see a medical practitioner just in case.

Whey protein powder can be beneficial to diabetes sufferers. As mentioned previously on the site, whey protein has the highest biological value of any known protein. This means it is a good source of protein for diabetics whose intake may be suffering due to altered diets. Also, whey protein can help manage blood glucose levels. It is suggested by some that higher protein levels can stimulate insulin production from the pancreas. According to diabetes.org.uk though, further studies may be required to confirm the insulin stimulating effect.

In addition, it also slows the absorption of carbohydrates, such as glucose, into the bloodstream.

It has been claimed that taking whey protein when you are diabetic is a bad thing because of a condition known as Aminoacidemia. This is when there are too many amino acids in the blood and insulin production could be affected. However I recently spoke to a representative from diabetes.org.uk. She referenced studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,where researchers never stated aminoacidemia as an adverse affect.

PLEASE NOTE: If you begin to take whey protein please monitor your blood glucose levels carefully just to be safe. If you take regular medication for your Diabetes please consult your medical practitioner before taking whey protein powder.

Please also check individual brands for levels of protein and carbohydrates.
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