Going Low Protein May Modulate Blood Sugar in Obesity

Posted 10/19/2016 | By HealthCorps

Diets high in protein may be all the rage, and they can help certain individuals to lose weight successfully, but the flip side is that a high protein diet can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, especially in the presence of obesity.

Eating a high protein diet has been linked to problems with insulin regulation.  But few if any studies have revealed whether limiting or lowering protein consumption can be an effective method for lowering diabetes risk.

Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center were able to show that low protein diets can improve blood glucose levels in obese mice.   Consuming lower protein levels seems to reduce liver stress signaling pathways, and that seems to result in improved blood sugar balance.  The researchers postulate that especially in the obese patient, who often has fatty liver disease, reducing liver stress and helping to improve blood sugar management.

It’s important to understand how stress affects your bodyChronic stress can impact a variety of functions:

  • Blood pressure can elevate
  • Breathing can become much more rapid
  • Heart rate typically rises
  • Immune system function can become impaired
  • Muscles tense up
  • Sleep is more difficult

One study suggests that people who believe that stress is impacting their body, are twice as likely to have a heart attack years later, compared to a control group.  A 2012 study suggests that it’s not only the stress itself, but how we react to stress that can predict health decline later-in-life.

Stress can affect your immediate behavior including:

  • Increasing or decreasing appetite
  • Instigating food cravings
  • Causing sudden outbursts
  • Making you more susceptible to illness
  • Instigating alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal

Inflammatory markers in the body can elevate when you are under chronic stress.   So it’s important to manage stress.

Ways to limit stress include:

  • Exercise is an effective stress buster so try to include fitness activities in your daily life.
  • Limit obligations when possible, especially if you feel that you are under chronic stress
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Limit caffeine
  • Eat a balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low in processed and fast foods.
  • Use breathing techniques and consider meditation, massage and yoga as means to de-stress.
  • Seek help from your healthcare professional and consider consulting with a psychologist.

Talk to your doctor or a dietician or nutritionist so you can assess your diet and see if reducing protein intake and other dietary changes will help to limit the physical impact of ongoing stress.  Though much of the recent diet discussions among experts have focused on lowering overall consumption of unhealthy grains in favor of more protein, this recommendation may not be the best for certain individuals.  A diet that focuses on healthier whole grains with lower levels of protein may be a better approach for some obese patients.

Source: MedicalNewsToday

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