Diabetes is a huge problem for the millions of people. It can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure and retinal damage, all thanks to one little substance: glucose.

Spikes in the blood glucose levels of diabetics can have very negative effects. These typically occur after a meal as part of the human body’s reaction to consuming food, which is why this is usually when diabetics check their levels and inject themselves with insulin. However, there could be another way of managing the disease.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that blood sugar spikes could be controlled by a simple drink before breakfast. The research, published in Diabetologia, found that consuming whey protein concentrate first thing in the morning could suppress the rise in glucose levels after eating.