Can Diabetics Drink Milk and How Much?

Is Milk Okay For Diabetics to Drink?

Milk is a common and essential part of our diet. It is also considered a complete food. Can diabetics drink Milk as well? Milk is naturally loaded with many vital nutrients, fats, proteins, carbs, minerals, and vitamins. Milk is also beneficial for growth, bone, and teeth formation and improves your appetite.

It improves your metabolism and helps to maintain good health. Milk proteins also help in balancing your blood glucose level. But for diabetics, milk is a controversial food item. I have a lot of milk addicts in my practice and I tell them to drink responsibly. Let’s learn how diabetics can drink milk without raising their blood sugar.

Is milk good for diabetic patients?


Milk vs Milk shakes
Milk Shakes should be avoided

Yes, it’s ok to have milk. But avoid high sugary drinks and beverages. Milkshakes, dairy products, and beverages are rich in sugars, sweeteners, and flavors. They can quickly spike up blood sugar levels. Milk is better than actually all these beverages that are full of sugar. One cup of milk will have only 12 grams of carbohydrates and it is good for diabetics. Milk contains vital nutrients and immunoglobulin that boost the immune system and reduce the risks of potential cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Milk is a low glycemic food

The glycemic of milk is not that high. The Glycemic index and glycemic load are not that high. The glycemic index (GI) shows how quickly each food affects the blood glucose level when that food is eaten. Similarly, glycemic load is a number that estimates how much the food will raise a person’s blood glucose. Milk is a low glycemic food and good for diabetics.

Can diabetics drink milk without raising blood sugar?

If you are limiting your intake to only eight ounces or so, yes diabetics can drink milk. It is perfectly fine to even have whole fat milk. Milk contains saturated fat and saturated fat is also linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. But saturated fat is not necessarily bad for you. According to the American diabetes association, 15 grams of saturated fat per day is safe.

A very high intake of milk is bad for diabetic control.

Milk contains saturated fats and very high intake can be bad. A high intake of milk increases insulin resistance and causes glucose accumulation in the bloodstream. That’s why avoid too much of that milk. Because then you will have too much fat and that will cause too much weight gain.

Drink responsibly

You know, I would think that the milk actually will improve your satiety and will make you feel full. Studies show that milk helps your metabolism and appetite of diabetics. It helps you feel full and comfortable. But I wouldn’t recommend just drinking milk and going to bed either. Again anything you put into your body if you’re not burning those calories, it’s just going to turn into fat. That’s why diabetics should add exercise to their schedule. You can also use milk and yogurt as a snack. So full fat or whole fat whole milk is all fine.

Bottom line

Food choices are really very important for diabetic people. Always consume a balanced diet and avoid unhealthy foods. I recommend having whole milk without added sugars.  Diabetics have to avoid milk that is high in added carbs, sugar, and fats. Similarly, diabetics should avoid flavored milkshakes, smoothies, chocolates, and sugary dairy products. They should check food labels for information about calories, sugar, and carb count. Regularly monitor your blood sugar. Add exercise to your lifestyle.

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Ahmet Ergin, MD, FACE, CDCES, ECNU Endocrinologist, Diabetes Educator

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Ahmet Ergin, MD, is a specialist physician in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He is interested in preventive cardiology as well. He has been practicing for over 10 years, having seen over 30,000 patients in his career so far. He speaks science and proud to educate his patients with real data rather than hearsay. For collaboration requests please email Disclaimer: Any information on diseases and treatments available at this channel is intended for general guidance only and must never be considered a substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care professional with questions you may have regarding your medical condition.

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