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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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choosing the right sized low carb band aid

This article identifies nutrient dense low insulin load foods that can help to stabilise your blood glucose levels and allow your own pancreas to keep up. Once you normalise your blood glucose and lose some weight the progressive addition of nutrient dense low energy density foods may help continue your weight loss and improve your […]

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insulin load… the greatest thing since carb counting?

In previous articles I have outlined the idea of the insulin load[1] [2]  which is similar to carbohydrate counting, but also accounts for the effect of protein, fibre ad fructose. insulin load = total carbohydrates – fibre + 0.56 x protein show me the data! Most people understand that dietary carbohydrate is the primary nutrient that influences […]

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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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how much insulin is required to cover protein?

Given that protein appears to contribute to insulin demand I ran a number of scenarios with the food insulin index data to see if insulin requirement is better predicted by carbohydrate in a food plus some proportion of the protein. The analysis indicates that insulin demand is related to carbohydrate about 60% of the protein. There’s […]

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ketosis… the cure for diabetes?

A reduced insulin load diet will lead to normalised blood sugars and improved insulin sensitivity. A reduced insulin load diet can be achieved by reducing carbohydrates, moderating protein and choosing higher fibre foods. Intermittent fasting also reduces insulin load. Measuring your blood sugars is a simple and cost effective way to check that your metabolic health is on track. […]

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