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Lower Blood Sugar Naturally – The 1 Nutrient You Need!

By on October 7, 2015
Want better blood sugar control? The key could lie in the amount of protein you eat, according to research from the Charite University Medicine in Berlin.

Led by researcher Mariya Markova, who presented the research at the meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in September, scientists say that type 2 diabetics who eat high amounts of protein have more blood sugar control compared to other diabetics–a new finding that could revolutionize how diabetics manage their condition.

But better yet? It appears to have no adverse effects, say researchers.

“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,” say researchers. “The high-protein diet has no adverse effects on kidney parameters, moreover the kidney function actually improved in the plant protein group.”

The Findings

Recruiting a total of 24 overweight men and 13 women with type 2 diabetes, researchers randomly assigned them to follow a high-animal or a high-plant diet, both containing the same amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Before the study, researchers measured their blood sugar and other health parameters as well.

For the next six weeks, the participants followed these diets, eating a variety of healthy foods that matched their dietary requirements. Researchers wanted to see if eating exclusively animal or plant-based products affected their blood glucose or other health parameters.

At the end of the six week period, researchers then measured their blood glucose again–and found that both diets improved these levels greatly, although it appeared eating plants also improved kidney function as well. Insulin sensitivity improved among animal-eaters as another bonus.

Overall, however, it appeared upping their protein was the best strategy for lowering blood glucose, which surprised researchers.

“Long-term observational studies with a much bigger cohort are now needed to confirm [our] findings,” say researchers. “[We] are now looking at the expression of key genes involved fat metabolism, glucose metabolism, inflammation in blood cells and in adipose tissue to see if there are any diet-induced alterations and to understand the effect of the higher amino acid uptake at the molecular level.”

Additional studies will attempt to study why protein affects blood glucose in a positive way–though this research could take some time, admit experts.

What This Means For You

While further research is pending, preliminary findings show that adding more protein to your diet could keep your blood glucose under control, especially for type 2 diabetics. Your best bet? Ask your local healthcare provider about increasing your protein intake; as a bonus, protein is a natural appetite suppressant as well!

Readers: How much protein do you usually eat on a daily basis?

Sources:
High Protein Diets, From Both Animal and Plant Sources, Improve Blood Sugar Control in Diabetic PatientsScienceDaily.com
Press Release: High Protein Diets Improve Blood Sugar Control in Diabetic PatientsEurekAlert.org

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