How Does Protein Affect Glucose Levels?

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Too Much Protein?

Within the diabetes community, it often seems that protein is the forgotten macronutrient — getting less attention than the other two, carbohydrate and fat. Carbohydrate is scrutinized, of course, because of its effect on blood glucose levels, while fat is often viewed as a source of unwanted calories — or, depending on your perspective, as a good source of energy that doesn’t raise your blood glucose level. To the extent that protein gets any attention, it’s generally thought of as a good or neutral dietary component. But a prominent doctor is warning against consuming too much of it. Last week, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Dean Ornish, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Ornish writes that high-protein animal foods such as meat and eggs are responsible for many of the ills plaguing Americans, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. He cites a study published last year that found a 400% increase in deaths related to cancer or Type 2 diabetes among participants who got 20% or more of their calories from animal protein. This increased risk of disease and death, he writes, may be due t Continue reading >>

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  1. katiekat1032

    I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a few weeks ago. Levels were as follows (75g glucose drink):
    1 and 2 hour-I don't remember exactly what the numbers were but was told they were both in the normal testing range.
    1. My question is, what have you mothers with GD been told is a safe level for fasting blood glucose levels? I have been told that this can vary from doctor to doctor? My doctor said fasting levels should be under 100 every day (but needed to be below 92 to pass the test). I don't want to end up with a ginormous baby and lots of delivery problems so I really want to stay on the low end of what is considered safe. Does the under 100 sound accurate to you?
    2. I have always been below 100 fasting but the past 3 days the number has been creeping up to 97! Should I be worried?
    3. Also, I have been having a bedtime snack but am still not sure. . . should this be mostly protein?
    4. Can sleeping in cause a person's fasting levels to be higher in the morning?
    5. Have any of you had GD with one pregnancy and not with the next? I hate the thought of having to go through this again with another baby. I tend to be a worrier. . .
    Thanks so much for your help!

  2. dornmama

    If you look on-line, every single page says that below 100 is normal. To have a doctor cut you off at 92 when 96 is normal is just awful in my opinion. I would get a second opinion, especially if your other numbers were good.

  3. katiekat1032

    Thanks for your advice. Honestly, at first I was a little frustrated, mostly confused, about the fact that I was diagnosed with GD since what they told me is that different labs have different standards as far as what numbers are considered to be in the normal range. It's kind of a pain having to check my blood all the time, but I see where they're coming from wanting to be extra safe and all with the baby. I'm just concerned that my fasting has been getting closer to the 100 mark. From what I understand, the numbers get harder to control as the pregnancy goes on. (I am 31 weeks, 5 days along) Just wanting to make sure my baby will be healthy.

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