Do Not Drink Milk If…
Although it is a good source of nutrition for the body, especially vitamin D, milk may not be a good option for those with type 2 diabetes, especially for the following reasons:
Allergic to milk
Approximately 0.1–0.5% of adults are allergic to milk.
People with this condition often cannot fully digest the lactose in milk. As a result, they are prone to diarrhea and bloating. A common cause of this problem is a deficiency of lactase – an enzyme produced in the small intestine that leads to lactose intolerance.
Increased intestinal permeability
Once the intestinal lining is damaged, the tight junctions between the intestinal wall and the bloodstream are no longer able to prevent proteins, bacteria, or part of the bacteria from leaking into the bloodstream. As a result, these agents trigger the immune system to overwork.
Part of the immune system is now also able to respond to allergens found in milk such as alpha-casein, beta-casein, butyrophilin, and casomorphin. For this reason, people with intestinal mucosal damage will experience symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, and heartburn if they drink milk.
The body is gluten intolerant
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and rye. Accordingly, people who are intolerant to this substance often experience heartburn, bloating, or joint pain when consuming these foods. People with this condition also cannot drink raw milk because gluten increases the permeability of the intestinal wall.
Intestinal bacterial overload
As the name suggests, an overgrowth of gut bacteria is one of the causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People with this disease may experience some gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating due to bacteria in the small intestine breaking down and fermenting the sugar in milk.
If you have questions about nutrition, diets, and such in relation to your diabetes condition, consult your doctor.
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