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How Does Camel Milk Affect Diabetes?

   People are always searching for the next big nutritional beverage, and camel milk is showing real promise. While I Lohas and Yakult are big sellers in places like Japan,  it seems alternative dairy is already taking the spotlight. Treasured by Bedouin tribesmen for thousands of years as a medicinal product, camel milk is now available for purchase from few sources worldwide, and the health benefits are astounding. Among a large number of these benefits, diabetes has brought forth fascinating promise.

   Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts millions of lives around the world, but a preventative treatment has been found in an unlikely place; camel milk. Researchers in India say camel milk contains substantial levels of insulin. In some cases, enough to prevent, and treat, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. I thoroughly reviewed two studies on camel milk and diabetes and the results were insightful.

   There are over 30 million diabetics, specifically throughout the vast population of Indians  and it’s estimated that number will exceed 80 million by 2030. Amongst the vastly stricken population, a tribe of camel breeders, the Raicas, have been testing the odds, with extremely low rates of diabetes.  For many of them camel milk is a necessity, and the reason why diabetes has bypassed their communities. The studies conducted by The Defeat Diabetes Foundation, on the Raicas, revealed that no habitual consumers of camel milk had diabetes, while 5 to 6 percent of the non-camel milk consuming Raicas had diabetes. According to researchers, camel milk can contain up to fifty-two units of insulin per litre. This sheds light on potential for camel milk to supplement insulin shots for some type 1 diabetics in the near future.

   A second study on the diabetes and camel milk correlation, showed promising results as well. In a 2 year clinical study, conducted by The Diabetes Care & Research Center at SP Medical College, twenty-four type 1 diabetics were divided into two groups. In group one, all twelve patients received 500 ml of camel milk, in addition to their typical daily regimen. In group two, the twelve patients received the same treatment, but without the camel milk. At the conclusion of the two year period it was shown the camel milk had made a positive effect on those who habitually consumed it. Within the camel milk group, three of the patients no longer required daily insulin doses, while the remainder didn’t require the same volume. It was stated in the report that “… Camel milk is safe and efficacious in improving long-term glycemic control, with a significant reduction in the doses of insulin in type 1 diabetic patients.” These discoveries clearly show the marvelous effects camel milk can have on those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. For the requirement of insulin to be diminished or prevented entirely in all diabetics from the use of camel milk should prove encouraging for those interested it a try. In addition to the findings of these studies, camel milk is also 3 to 5 times higher in natural minerals, than cow milk and contains immune boosting vitamins to promote a healthy gut. All of these nutritional properties combined make for a superfood that does it all.

   While camel milk is widely available near India and the Middle East, there are only 1-2 companies that distribute internationally. Most of these companies carry camel product with a large price tag and don’t often provide the service and product customers deserve and trust. This is why the most premium and affordable camel milk available is DromeDairy Naturals®. They provide the best all-natural camel milk powder, nothing added, nothing removed. Get ahold of your health and take advantage of the healthiest dairy available!


Resources:

Defeat Diabetes Foundation: Agrawal, R.P. Sahani, M.S. et al. “Zero prevalence of diabetes in camel milk consuming Raica community of north-west Rajasthan, India.” Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. May 2007. Pedersen, Henry. NRCC. February 2009.

Agrawal, R P, et al. “Effect of camel milk on glycemic control and insulin requirement in patients with type 1 diabetes: 2-Years randomized controlled trial.” European journal of clinical nutrition., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2011,