Breakfast club: How a glass of milk may help control diabetes

A small study suggests eating high-protein dairy in the morning helps lower blood sugar

A simple change in breakfast habits could help improve blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes, according to a small Canadian study.

Eating a high-carbohydrate cereal combined with milk reduced post-meal blood glucose levels more than cereal combined with water, the randomised, controlled and double-blind study found.

Milk with the highest protein content had the most impact, reducing post-prandial blood glucose levels more than regular milk, the study authors reported in the Journal of Dairy Science.

The 32 participants ate breakfast containing almost 77g of carbohydrate (42g from cereal and 34.7g from lactose) mixed with either water combined with whey permeate, normal milk or milk with additional protein.

Milk with added protein also increased satiety after the second meal compared to regular milk, the authors said.

"This study confirms the importance of milk