How Does Protein Affect Glucose Levels?

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How Does Protein Affect Blood Sugar In Diabetics?

Approximately one out of every 10 people in the U.S. has diabetes, a disease that affects how the body uses sugar, also known as glucose. Careful blood glucose control is essential to manage this condition and reduce the risk of complications such as nerve damage, blindness and heart disease. Adding more protein-rich foods to your diet -- and few carbohydrates and fats -- may help balance blood glucose levels. Video of the Day Improved Blood Glucose Balance A 2003 study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" concluded that a high-protein diet helped lower blood glucose levels after eating and improved overall blood glucose control in people with Type 2 diabetes. Test individuals on the high-protein diet had a ratio of protein to carbohydrates to fat of 30:40:30, compared to 15:55:30 for the control group. Both groups consumed the diet for five weeks. Despite the positive results from this research, longer studies are needed to gauge the long-term effects and any possible adverse effects of a high-protein diet on diabetics. Direct Effects of Protein Many protein-rich foods contain minimal or no carbohydrates and only have a small effect on blood sugar levels. Thes Continue reading >>

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  1. MAYS

    Normal Fasting Blood Sugar and Other Information

    Normal Fasting Blood Sugar:
    A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:
    83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.
    Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.
    Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
    Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
    Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:
    Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.
    Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.
    A truly normal A1c is between 4.6% and 5.4%
    A1cs are not as good a measure of actual blood sugar control in individuals as they are for groups. An A1c of 5.1% maps to an average blood sugar of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) or less when group statistics are analyzed, but normal variations in how our red blood cells work make the A1cs of truly normal individuals fall into a wider range.
    Some people's A1cs are always a bit higher than their measured blood sugars would predict. Some are always lower. NOTE: If you are anemic your A1c will read much lower than your actual blood sugars and the resulting A1c is not a useful gauge of your actual blood sugar control.
    Heart attack risk rises in a straight line fashion as A1c rises from 4.6%.
    How Blood Sugar Control Works—And How It Stops Working:

  2. Papanna

    Diabetic normal value FBS 70 -1oo mg/dlsome of them says 80-120 as normal
    for PPBS 100 -140 for normal value . Butsome of Doctors says it was not bad if PPBS or random Bloodsugar value upto 180 mg/dl for this also no complications formed . how can u clarify

  3. RebDee

    Thank you for this information on A1c, which always has me confused. My blood sugars run between 120 and 60 but my A1c is 7.4. I was told that was because I had two shots of cortisone and also because I took prednisone during the three month period that the A1c covered. Is this true?

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