Protein vs Carbs

Chocolate cake is chocolate cake (carbs and fat). We know that Protein doesn’t turn into chocolate cake. But we also know that Protein does turn, at least in part, into glucose.

At what rate does Protein turn into glucose?

Turns out this question was studied a very long time ago. Nowadays, Type 1 diabetics are given guidance that when they pump Insulin they need to pump for the number of grams of carbohydrates and half the number of grams of protein. That’s a rough approximation of the results of this study (J Clin Invest. 1936 Nov; 15(6): 665–671. THE GLYCEMIC RESPONSE TO ISOGLUCOGENIC QUANTITIES OF PROTEIN AND CARBOHYDRATE. Jerome W. Conn and L. H. Newburgh.)

The study is a PDF of the original 1936 study but it demonstrates that the glucose response to protein is much less than to an equivalent amount of carbohydrates. More importantly, the response is very slow in comparison.

(1) is the blood sugar in a diabetic subject after consuming 53 grams of glucose.

(4) is the blood sugar in the same subject after consuming 485 grams of lean beef.

The paper concludes:

There’s another interesting observation in the paper:

In other words, diabetics have a larger increase in blood sugar than non-diabetics in response to protein. (Glycosuria happens when you pass blood sugar (blood glucose) into your urine.).


Author: Doug

I'm an Engineer who is also a science geek. I was pre-diabetic in 1996 and became a diabetic in 2003. I decided to figure out how to hack my diabetes and in 2016 found the ketogetic diet which reversed my diabetes.

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