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Optimising protein and insulin load

“Low carb”, “ketogenic” or “nutrient dense” mean different things to different people. Defining these terms numerically can help us to choose the right tool for the right application. Decreasing the insulin load of your diet can help normalise blood glucose levels and enable your pancreas to keep up. However, at the same time, a high […]

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How to stabilize blood sugar with RD Dikeman

It has been a transformational journey for RD Dikeman since his son Dave was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, both as a parent and for himself as he has implemented a regimen of what he likes to call “meal skipping” (a.k.a. intermittent fasting) guided by his own blood glucose levels. I came across Dave Dikeman, a […]

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Balancing diet and diabetes medications

High blood glucose levels (glucose toxicity) and high insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia) are both bad news for your health. The highest priority in the treatment of diabetes should be to reduce foods that require large amounts of insulin. Over reliance on medications can lead to ‘learned helplessness’, meaning that people do not use a dietary intervention […]

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standing on the shoulders of giants

People who have type 1 diabetes and excellent blood glucose control are statistically rare. These ‘overachievers’ typically have been influenced by the work of Dr Richard Bernstein. People successful in their management of type 1 diabetes control the amount of carbohydrate in their diet to prevent “the blood sugar roller coaster”. As well as calculating […]

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Blood glucose, glucagon and insulin response to protein

The food insulin index data indicates that there is both a blood sugar and an insulin response to the glucogenic component of protein. [1] A higher protein intake tends to lead to better blood sugar control, increased satiety and reduced caloric intake. Digested amino acids from protein circulate in the bloodstream until they are required for […]

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how long does it take to digest protein?

One of the limitations of the food insulin index data is that the tests were undertaken over a period of three hours, while protein takes a lot longer to fully digest. As shown in the chart below (from Andreas Einfeldt / Diet Doctor) simple carbohydrates cause blood sugar to rise and fall quickly, however slower digesting protein causes a […]

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