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How Does Protein Affect Blood Sugar Levels?

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How Many Factors Actually Affect Blood Glucose?

A printable, colorful PDF version of this article can be found here. twitter summary: Adam identifies at least 22 things that affect blood glucose, including food, medication, activity, biological, & environmental factors. short summary: As patients, we tend to blame ourselves for out of range blood sugars – after all, the equation to “good diabetes management” is supposedly simple (eating, exercise, medication). But have you ever done everything right and still had a glucose that was too high or too low? In this article, I look into the wide variety of things that can actually affect blood glucose - at least 22! – including food, medication, activity, and both biological and environmental factors. The bottom line is that diabetes is very complicated, and for even the most educated and diligent patients, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything that affects blood glucose. So when you see an out-of-range glucose value, don’t judge yourself – use it as information to make better decisions. As a patient, I always fall into the trap of thinking I’m at fault for out of range blood sugars. By taking my medication, monitoring my blood glucose, watching what I eat Continue reading >>

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  1. tim2000s

    Thought I'd conduct a little experiment this morning to try and see just how protein is digested/converted to glucose in the body.
    My experiment? From a stable, fasted, start, ingest a set amount of protein in Milk Protein form and monitor using the libre.
    Prior to ingestion (at roughly 6.20 am), my glucose level was showing 4.4 and a flat arrow, demonstrating a level of stability for about an hour ahead of the test.
    I ate a protein bar containing 20g of protein and 2g of carbs. The resultant graph is shown below. As soon as I hit 10 mmol the intramuscular insulin shot was applied.
    It's fascinating because it shows an incline that is not so far off that seen when eating chocolate. Protein definitely has a very clear impact on my blood glucose levels.....

  2. Pasha

    tim2000s said: ↑
    Thought I'd conduct a little experiment this morning to try and see just how protein is digested/converted to glucose in the body.
    My experiment? From a stable, fasted, start, ingest a set amount of protein in Milk Protein form and monitor using the libre.
    Prior to ingestion, my glucose level was showing 4.4 and a flat arrow, demonstrating a level of stability for about an hour ahead of the test.
    I ate a protein bar containing 20g of protein and 2g of carbs. The resultant graph is shown below. As soon as I hit 10 mmol the intramuscular insulin shot was applied.
    It's fascinating because it shows an incline that is not so far off that seen when eating chocolate. Protein definitely has a very clear impact on my blood glucose levels.....

    Click to expand... Great post, illustrates a point that in my opinion is not highlighted enough, that in the LCHF diet, the amount of protein must also be very carefully controlled, not just the carbohydrates.
    One mostly hears of carb counting, it never seems to highlight protein counting.

  3. jack412

    they say about 1/2 the protein goes to 'sugar'
    TAG ‘total available glucose’
    https://healthonline.washington.edu/document/health_online/pdf/CarbCountingClassALL3_05.pdf

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