protein good is it?

By TONY1022 Latest Reply 2014-04-22 05:40:53 -0500
Started 2014-04-21 11:56:57 -0500

What is so good about protein with regard to Blood glucose? Would drinking a protein shake daily help my blood sugar ?

5 replies

Glucerna 2014-04-21 18:27:12 -0500 Report

People with diabetes need all three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrate for overall good health. We want to find the combination that not only manages blood sugars, but also helps decrease risk of heart disease. There isn't one set amount of protein, carbohydrate and fat that works for everyone, and the guidelines recommend individualizing your diet to meet your specific needs. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian who works with people with diabetes, and she'll be able to help you find the best combination. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-04-21 13:26:24 -0500 Report

I can only speak to type 2 … protein normally has minimal affect on blood glucose levels. Additionally consuming protein with carbohydrates increases the bodies release of insulin and can lessen the rise in blood glucose levels following the meal. IMO you are better off eating healthy low carb meals as opposed to adding protein shakes or replacing meals with them.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-21 13:23:45 -0500 Report

I don't use them. I prefer to eat a meal then to drink it. Some people say they work for them, that is something you are going to have to find out on your own. What works for one may not work for another. Good luck.

Caroltoo 2014-04-21 12:45:03 -0500 Report

I use a portion of a protein shake as cream for my coffee. Nice flavor, none of the ill effects (for me) that I get from milk, and helps stabilize the BGs.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-22 05:40:53 -0500 Report

I do something similar Caroltoo. I add a small portion to my cereal in the mornings. Hot or cold cereal and it does add a nice flavor.

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