High Protein Diet Helps Control Blood Sugar
If you have problems controlling your blood sugar, it’s hard to know exactly what foods you should eat. Now, new research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes may be able to help with that.
A total of 37 people with diabetes ate high protein diets for six weeks. One group obtained their protein from animal products, like meat and diary foods. The other group ate a diet high in plant proteins from dietary pulses like peas, beans and lentils.
At the beginning and end of the study, the researchers measured the participants’ BMI and HbA1c levels. HbA1c is a reading on your average blood sugar levels over a period of weeks or months.
Here’s what the study revealed:
- Both liver fat and HbA1c were reduced in all participants.
- Insulin sensitivity improved only in the animal protein group.
- General kidney function improved only in the plant protein group.
The authors conclude: “In diabetic subjects, the 6-week high-protein diet leads to an improvement in glucose metabolism and decrease in liver fat independently from the protein source. The high-protein diet has no adverse effects on kidney parameters, moreover the kidney function actually improved in the plant protein group.”
If you choose to get your protein from animal sources, keep in mind that some animal products are healthier than others. This is mainly due to the fat content and how processed the food is.
And yogurt is a perfect example when it comes to processed foods. Many of today’s flavored yogurts have added sugars, flavorings and other artificial ingredients. You would be much better off sticking with an all-natural plain Greek yogurt.
SOURCE: High protein diets, from both animal and plant sources, improve blood sugar control in diabetic patients. Press Release. Diabetologia via EurekAlert. Sept 2015