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[IP] Bolusing for Protein
Just got a digest talking about bolusing for protein and wanted to add my 2
cents worth (or has that gone up to a nickle??). Just a little Nutrition
101 (can't help myself - I used to teach this stuff.)
You are right in that protein in high amounts can be converted to glucose -
that's how all those low carb, higher protein diets work.
But protein only converts to glucose IF it's eaten in excess of what YOUR
body needs. Your body needs about 6-8oz or equivalent (vegetarian) per day
depending on your own particular circumstances. If you're a body builder or
have had skin damage (surgery etc.) you may need more.
Let's say you need 8 ounces per day-- after that's consumed your body
converts about 50% of the excess to glucose AND it takes several hours to
so. (Usually 5 or 6).
And yes, YMMV - we're all so different. You may need more or less protein,
it may convert 50% more or less, and it may take longer or I suppose even
And this is exactly why people have so much trouble with a big,
protein-laden pizzas at night (not even getting into the different varieties
and how the pieces are cut, etc., etc.,).
And yeah,fat can break down into glucose, but only about 5% of it does, and
only if carbs are not available - so although the fat might be a problem
(with raising BG), it usually isn't - at least not in the conversion to
glucose department. It raises havoc in other ways.
Off the soap box and send questions (answers !) and problems my way -
please. And of course, JHughey, points of clarification -lol!
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