ROME – New research suggests that some types of yogurt can help manage diabetes by improving blood sugar control. It is no coincidence that many doctors and diabetologists recommend that those suffering from diabetes introduce yogurt into a balanced diet because of its nutritional properties. This article describes current research on the relationship between yogurt and diabetes. It also suggests the best types of yogurt to keep blood sugar at bay
Yogurt and diabetes : national guidelines recommend yogurt as part of a healthy diet. Research suggests that probiotics, or "beneficial bacteria" found in yogurt, can help reduce inflammation. People with type 2 diabetes tend to have high levels of inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can increase the risk of certain complications, such as heart disease and stroke.
Participants who ate yogurt and yogurt and pumpkin showed a significant reduction in blood pressure. Their blood tests also revealed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels, significantly lower levels of the inflammatory marker "CRP", significantly lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol. The control group did not show any significant improvement in any of the mentioned health indicators. The researchers concluded that consuming probiotic yogurt may be useful for those suffering from diabetes.
Probiotic yogurt and commercial yogurt: Probiotic yogurt contains active and living cultures. A 2014 study suggests that probiotic yogurt may have more significant health benefits than normal yogurt for people with type 2 diabetes. The study looked at 44 overweight or obese individuals. For 8 weeks, a group of participants ate one medium serving of probiotic yogurt a day. The other group ate the same amount of plain yogurt a day. Participants who ate probiotic yogurt showed significant reductions in one of the three inflammatory markers tested. They also showed a significant decrease in blood sugar levels. Volunteers who ate conventional yogurt did not show these effects. Researchers concluded that probiotic yogurt consumption can help control inflammation which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes complications.
Probiotics and glucose control: a 2015 review of 17 studies analyzed the relationship between probiotics and glycemic control. The investigation found that probiotics significantly reduced fasting blood sugar and insulin levels.
What are the best yogurts: National guidelines recommend yogurt as part of a healthy and balanced diet even for those suffering from diabetes, provided you choose the right type. Lo Greek yogurt contains twice as much protein as conventional yogurt and often contains less sugar. Prefer natural yogurt without added sugar or sweetener or fruit. It is better to choose natural yogurt (lean or whole) and add a handful of dried fruit or a few pieces of fresh fruit.