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Re: High Protein Diets Do Not Lower Blood Sugar

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This meme (seen on a health guru's Twitter page) briefly explains the process we used this summer to reduce DH's (and a friend's) insulin resistance. Me, I followed the diet to keep the peace. I didn't have a blood sugar issue. But of course, I benefitted as switching up my diet this way, while also increasing the intensity of my workout, helped me shape up.

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I think it's easy to replace carbs with protein. We've really had to be mindful this summer as we worked to reduce DH's carbs that we didn't overdo it on protein.

 

Do you have any tips to share on how to keep a blood sugar-managing diet in check?

 

 

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A major benefit of losing excess weight is that it lowers high blood sugar levels to reduce your chances of becoming diabetic and suffering a heart attack. However, high-protein diets such as Atkins, Dukan or Paleo do not lower blood sugar levels as much as normal-protein diets do and therefore do not prevent diabetes as effectively as diets that are not high in protein (Evid Based Med, 2013;18(4):e37).

 

The findings: 


• weight lost while eating moderate amounts of protein makes your cells more sensitive to insulin and therefore insulin becomes more effective in lowering high blood sugar levels, while
• weight lost on a high-protein diet does not improve insulin sensitivity.

In this study, 34 obese, non-diabetic women, 50 to 65 years old, were assigned to three groups:
1) A weight-loss diet with a moderate daily protein intake of 0.8 grams/kg body weight
2) A high-protein weight-loss diet with 50 percent extra protein
3) A control group that was told not to change their existing diet.

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After 28 weeks, both weight-loss groups had lost about 10 percent of their body weight. The women on the high-protein diet had no improvement in their sensitivity to insulin, while the moderate-protein group had a 25-30 percent improvement in their sensitivity. This much improvement markedly reduces risks for diabetes, heart attacks and kidney damage. The results were surprising because getting rid of fat almost always improves insulin sensitivity, but the high-protein diet did not improve insulin sensitivity even a little bit.

 

 

Read all about it: http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/high-protein-diets-do-not-lower-blood-sugar.html

 

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