Protein intake and glycemic control

Protein intake helps in blood sugar control

A protein rich diet can help in controlling your blood sugar levels. Protein on break down causes ketosis. On burning of fat and protein, the body produces ketosis which in turn reduces your appetite. It makes you feel full for a longer period and thus reduces your carbohydrate intake. This in turn helps in losing weight which will help in reducing the blood sugar levels. Good levels of low fat protein sources will help in weight loss and it can improve the overall glycemic control of the patient. 

Best proteins for people with diabetes

  • Skinless chicken
  • Fish
  • Sprouts and pulses especially whole pulses
  • Nuts of seeds
  • Mow fat yogurt
  • Soya bean
  • Skim milk
  • Egg

The protein foods chosen should be low in fat and carbohydrates. Certain carbohydrates get quickly converted to glucose in the body which causes sugar spikes after food intake. All refined carbohydrate foods like white rice, sugar, honey, cornflakes, white bread, tapioca etc should be restricted in quantity as these can cause an immediate elevation in blood sugar levels. A high fat and high carbohydrate diet can lead to weight gain and blood sugar elevation. The correct amount of protein will help in regulating blood sugar levels. This would reduce the hunger pangs and help in losing extra kilos. 

Thus adding a good quantity of proteins to your diet can reduce your blood sugars by cutting your hunger and reducing your body weight. Proteins take more time to get digested and slowly get emptied from the stomach. It thus delays the starch from entering into your gut and thus the absorption into your blood is slowed down. The starch without proteins would directly cause a blood sugar elevation after its instant absorption from your gut. Thus protein-rich diet can reduce your blood sugar elevations and will greatly help in managing your diabetes. 

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