protein shakes and bs

chayogarza
By chayogarza Latest Reply 2014-10-14 04:16:23 -0500
Started 2014-10-07 08:13:24 -0500

Has anyone tried drinking protein shakes? I wonder if they would help lower my BS


13 replies

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2014-10-09 10:47:27 -0500 Report

I have used protein shakes to supplement my diet for several years now and find them an excellent alternative to replace one meal each day. There are some brands that are much better for you than others in relation to how many carbs they have. I generally opt for brands that have zero, or close to zero carbs. Isopure makes a number of protein drinks that taste good and have zero carbohydrates.

Also worth mentioning is that some types of protein are absorbed by the body better or faster. At the moment, I am using a shake mix that blends proteins from a number of different sources, which tends to smooth out how quickly the protein is absorbed. If you want to go with a single source of protein though, isolated whey is the highest quality protein source there is. I usually take a daily fiber supplement with my protein shake, since most shakes have little to no fiber in them and fiber is an excellent addition to any meal. You can even blend fiber directly into the shake without affecting the taste.

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2014-10-07 16:16:03 -0500 Report

Well I do shakes or smoothies for breakfast. I did use my glucometer to determine if its good by itself or not. Well a shake by itself isn't good. So now I eat a small bowl of oatmeal to balance it all out. Hope this helps.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-07 19:11:35 -0500 Report

Temi, I am curious as to how you determined that a "shake by itself isn't good" and then you added oatmeal to your breakfast?

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2014-10-13 18:55:26 -0500 Report

Simple I checked my bg's after the smoothie. Saw it was more than a 50 jump in my bg's so I do half a smoothie with a bowl of oatmeal. Which helped a lot.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-14 04:16:23 -0500 Report

Unless your metabolism is radically different than mine, that bowl of oatmeal may well spike you also. Have you checked your BG 2 hrs after that meal?

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2014-10-13 18:55:22 -0500 Report

Simple I checked my bg's after the smoothie. Saw it was more than a 50 jump in my bg's so I do half a smoothie with a bowl of oatmeal. Which helped a lot.

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2014-10-13 18:55:11 -0500 Report

Simple I checked my bg's after the smoothie. Saw it was more than a 50 jump in my bg's so I do half a smoothie with a bowl of oatmeal. Which helped a lot.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-07 09:16:59 -0500 Report

Howdy Chayo
Haven't seen you posting around the site for quite a while!

I have a whey protein shake mix that I use occasionally but haven't thought to do a glucometer reading to determine what it does to my BG (blood glucose).

I am going to have to check it out in the near future.

God's best to you

James.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-07 09:08:45 -0500 Report

Like Gabby noted, it would depend on the protein shake's carbohydrate content and also on what else you are eating. If you need to gain better control of your BG's, I would suggest that you determine how many carbs you are currently eating per day, then gradually reduce the total carbs per day until you reach the BG's you want. Carbs are primarily what cause your BG's to climb.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-07 08:55:26 -0500 Report

I would check the carbs on the ones you are interested in. Just because they have protein, doesn't mean they are low carb. Are you thinking of just using them to replace a meal or for all meals? To keep a balance I would not use them for more than one meal and not for extended use. I have used them when I am to busy to get a meal and need to grab something. I have used glucerna drinks and boost. I have not use any of the others out there.

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