Can too much milk elevate blood sugar levels in a person with diabetes?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Blood sugar levels can be elevated from eating food as well as not getting enough exercise, not getting enough sleep, not taking your medication properly, or having an infection just to name a few reasons. There is both carbohydrate and protein in milk if you choose skim milk. If you consume more carbohydrate than your meal plan and medication regimen allow, your blood sugar reading can rise. It's a matter of balancing the food we ingest (especially carbohydrate containing food), with exercise and our medications in order to obtain good blood sugar readings.

When a person's blood sugars are elevated, it is usually caused by multiple things, not just the amount of milk that he or she drinks. If you are counting carbohydrates, just keep in mind that eight ounces of milk has about 12 grams of carbohydrate. If you are not counting carbohydrates, don't exceed three 8-ounce cups of milk per day.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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