As a nutrition conscious medical doctor, I field plenty of nutritional queries about protein within my regular course of practice everyday. There a large number of misconceptions about what particular food types can do once they enter the body. Let us take a look at how a high protein diet affects blood glucose.
Protein naturally originates from many sources (Meat, eggs, beans, legumes, etc.) and finds utilization by numerous regions of our body such as: In the role of enzyme catalysts, transport molecules (Hemoglobin-carries oxygen within our blood), storage molecules (Iron stored as ferritin inside the liver), Major part of muscles, bones, skin, immune function/control, control of cell growth, and a major element of hormones (signaling systems inside our body) with diabetics consuming proteins does NOT affect blood sugars dramatically. (CERTAINLY DOESN’T CAUSE ELEVATIONS IN SUGAR OR FAT STORAGE)
Actually, encouraging a much higher proportion of protein in the diabetic diet or those dieting is likely to lead to weight loss and improved blood sugar level control. Limiting starches, sugars and sweets (especially sodas, fruit juice etc.) coupled with pushing the intake of proteins and certain essential fats remains a mainstay of my diet recommendations.
Some believe that protein have more “Calories” than “Carbohydrates” therefore we should use caution eating them or we’ll get fat. Non-sense. Proteins require greater expenditure of one’s energy to process throughout the digestion process. Proteins are converted into essential parts, used then to build other vital structures and repair the body. The entire process uses energy which results in less body fat deposition.
So, for the diabetic, for the individual at risk of elevated blood sugars or obesity, make sure to increase the proportion of organically derived meats, eggs, legumes to your diet. High quality proteins will help diminish hunger between meals, stabilize levels of insulin and eventually keep more balanced blood sugar control.
William Curtis MD is a cutting edge doctor that recognizes the fantastic health benefits of a high protein diet. He has employed a blood sugar stabilizing high protein diet to help thousands of patients burn fat, cure diabetes, and optimize their health.