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Blood sugar reaction to protein

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Hi all, This is my first time on here. I've been Paleo low carb for over 3 months. When I used to eat carbs (starch/fruit)my blood sugar would crash without really spiking that high. I'd wake up with around 4.6 , then an hour after eating it would be 5.7 and after 2 hours it would've dropped back to 4.5 or sonetimes lower. But what's strange and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere, is that when I eat a meal of 2 boiled fatty chicken legs, lots of leafy veggies + plus I drink the bone broth that's left of the boiled chicken, my blood sugar drops without spiking at all. Then I feel like death, no energy, and horrible headache and my face usually shrinks and look very tired. I had this meal in the morning, and only an hour later my sugar went from fasting 4.7 to 4.3 after meal. Although the quantity was good, I felt very full and satisfied. Does anybody know how to look at this? I want to heal myself as i've been sick for 3 years but no one (even professionals) don't know how to deal with this. Thanks a lot, Elisaar

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on January 28, 2013
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Btw..can we post pics to show pre and post meal facial changes? Cause I think in the case of adrenal fatigue it does have something to do with cortisol release after eating protein. My face would go from waking up being nice and round to post meal being like a drug addict , all sunken in. And of course this means headache and brainfog.

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on January 28, 2013
at 07:03 AM

Thanks for your answer. Yes, protein does raise my bloodsugar, but makes me feel really bad and exhausted, unlike if I would have some sugary chocolate or something. I guess the cortisol release is what's making me feel bad, since I already have severe adrenal fatigue. Will start eating some fruit 5 minutes before my pork and chicken meals. Thanks guys

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Thanks a lot! I'm gonna try that! It sure makes sense. Appreciate your effort and wish you all the best.

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Hello, I would recommend reading Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. This book explains reasons for blood sugar change in detail. I am a type 1 diabetic on a continous glucose monitor and my blood sugar will rise when I consume protein alone, no carbs. If you are following a low carb diet, your body will turn the protein into glucose for energy and it will raise blood sugars.

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on January 28, 2013
at 07:03 AM

Thanks for your answer. Yes, protein does raise my bloodsugar, but makes me feel really bad and exhausted, unlike if I would have some sugary chocolate or something. I guess the cortisol release is what's making me feel bad, since I already have severe adrenal fatigue. Will start eating some fruit 5 minutes before my pork and chicken meals. Thanks guys

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:42 PM

Yes, the body uses sugar to process protein. If you don't eat sugar it will convert protein to sugar, but to do this it has to release stress hormones like cortisol. If you want to have something with protein, it's better to have something sweet maybe 15 minutes before to avoid having your blood sugar drop and your stress hormones released.

Regarding healing: with good thyroid function, the body manages sugar better. The main reason for low thyroid function is the consumption of polyunsaturated fats. Avoiding all significant sources of polyunsaturated fats, including chicken, pork, most nuts, vegetable oils (except coconut and occasional olive oil dressing), margarine, mayo, and some anti-thyroid substances like soy and raw cabbage, thyroid function is likely to improve in a few months.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

(309)

on January 28, 2013
at 01:17 PM

Btw..can we post pics to show pre and post meal facial changes? Cause I think in the case of adrenal fatigue it does have something to do with cortisol release after eating protein. My face would go from waking up being nice and round to post meal being like a drug addict , all sunken in. And of course this means headache and brainfog.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

(309)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Thanks a lot! I'm gonna try that! It sure makes sense. Appreciate your effort and wish you all the best.

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