Can Diabetics Take Probiotics?
The general consensus among experts is that diabetics can safely take probiotics. Diabetes, an autoimmune disease impacting insulin production, is a condition in which individuals may consider incorporating probiotics for potential benefits.
There is evidence suggesting that probiotics may have beneficial effects for individuals with diabetes. A 2019 study authored by P Kesika, showed that probiotics can help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.
Can Diabetics Take Prebiotics?
Yes, Diabetics can safely take prebiotics, specifically Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) according to current research. Prebiotics like FOS have no significant impact on blood sugar levels as they are non-digestible and have low calorific value, making them suitable for individuals with diabetes according to a 2018 study authored by S Mahboobi.
There is increasing evidence suggesting that prebiotics can benefit glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes. Prebiotics, when combined with probiotics in synbiotics, may be more effective in glycemic control compared to probiotics alone. Prebiotics encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria and can aid in digestion, blood sugar control, and cholesterol management.
Prebiotics Vs Probiotics
Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, while probiotics are live microorganisms that provide health benefits by improving the balance of gut microbiota. Both prebiotics and probiotics have the potential to positively impact blood sugar control and overall health in individuals with diabetes.
Can Type 1 Diabetics Take Probiotics?
Yes, Type 1 Diabetics can take probiotics safely without any issues. Research on probiotics and diabetes is limited, especially for Type 1 diabetes, but so far, no indications suggest that probiotics should be avoided for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Can Diabetics Eat Probiotic Yogurt?
Yes, research by M Mohamadshahi suggests that probiotic yogurt can be beneficial for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Unsweetened plain or Greek yogurt is recommended for people with diabetes as it provides protein, calcium, and probiotics. Dairy foods like yogurt, including Greek and Icelandic yogurts, may also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and obesity.
While the evidence is still evolving, studies have shown that probiotic-rich yogurt can benefit blood glucose levels and inflammatory markers in patients with diabetes. Including yogurt as part of a healthy diet is generally recommended for individuals with diabetes.
Can I Take Probiotics With Gestational Diabetes?
Yes, research has shown that you can take probiotics with gestational diabetes. Probiotics administered during pregnancy have shown potential in preventing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) by positively impacting maternal metabolism and pregnancy outcomes.
It is important to note that there is some evidence suggesting that probiotics may increase the risk of pre-eclampsia. Further research is needed to fully understand the benefits and potential risks of probiotic supplementation for gestational diabetes.
Dr. Sara Mesilhy has a Master’s degree in Gastroenterology and holds a membership with the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Cairo University and is currently part of the ProbioticReviewGirl medical team.