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Small dose of whey protein before meals could improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes

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Lausanne, Switzerland September 29, 2021 – New research has shown that consuming a small amount of a highly concentrated, low-calorie whey-protein solution before meals can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar.



Lausanne, Switzerland September 29, 2021 – New research has shown that consuming a small amount of a highly concentrated, low-calorie whey-protein solution before meals can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. The study, designed by Nestlé Health Science, tested a whey-protein microgel developed by Nestlé Research & Development on participants with type 2 diabetes, with results showing significant benefits on post-meal blood sugar spikes and other metabolic outcomes.


The results of the study are being presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting on September 29, 2021, by Dr. Odd Erik Johansen, Clinical Development Lead at Nestlé Health Science.


Twenty-six people participated in the randomized study, consuming either the low dose wheyprotein microgel (10g, 40kcal) in 125 ml of water, or a placebo of 125 ml of water, followed by a meal designed to produce an adequate spike in glucose


One week into the study, participants who had been taking the whey protein were given the placebo, and those who had been taking the placebo were given the whey protein.


Results showed that during the two-hours after the meal, glucose levels were reduced by 22 percent in the whey-protein group compared with the placebo group. There was also a positive effect on the hormone GLP-1.


Nestlé Health Science plans to launch the first product based on this important research in 2022.


Find the abstract for the EASD Annual Meeting here


About Nestlé Health Science


Nestlé Health Science is a leader in the science of nutrition and a globally managed business unit of Nestlé. We believe in empowering healthier lives through nutrition and are committed to redefining the management of health, offering an extensive portfolio of science-based active lifestyle nutrition, medical nutrition and pharmaceutical solutions. Our extensive research network, both within Nestlé’s R&D centers as well as with external partners, provides the foundation for products that can help people to live their healthiest lives. Headquartered in Switzerland, we have more than 11,000 employees around the world, with products available in more than 140 countries. www.nestlehealthscience.com