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From Yankton, South Dakota, USA:

I am wondering why when carbs increase blood sugar within a short time in the system, they don't increase the amount of protein in a diet with the effort of reducing the amount of insulin required in a Type 1 diabetic. It seems to me that the high carb diet increases the dependence on insulin to control the blood sugar levels.


The recommended diet for everybody is to eat more carbohydrate and less fat. This is for heart health and cancer prevention. Actually the diet for those with diabetes was recommended to be lower in carbohydrates until about 15 years ago when the scientific community realized that those with diabetes had high levels of fats in their bloods and were dying at a younger age of heart disease than their counterparts without diabetes.

Regarding why not increase the protein content and decrease the carbohydrate content? High protein diets can be very hard on the kidneys so this is not recommended, especially if someone is prone to kidney disease or has a family history of it. Furthermore, a diet that is low in carbohydrates will necessarily be higher in fat since the calories have to come from someplace (unless the person loses a lot of weight). It is hard to find protein sources that are both palatable and low in fat since the American taste buds are geared towards fat. Even if you do find low fat protein sources, often times the food is fried in a fat that is bad for heart health. Anyway, we want to try to make the meal plan for those with diabetes be what the rest of the family is eating.


Original posting 4 Apr 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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