Endocrinology (including Diabetes)/Whey Protein And Insulin

Advertisement


Question
Hi Barb!  My Dr. thinks I may be pre-diabetic.  I'm an athlete and I consume a whey protein shake after every workout, and I typically workout twice a day...2 protein shakes/day.  

It is unclear to me whether this is "bad" for pre-diabetcs as I am unsure if this whey protein spikes insulin, and if that (spiking insulin) is even necessarily a bad thing.  I was told to avoid foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread, etc.

I appreciate your help.

Sincerely,
James Hancock

Answer
Hi James,

 A study in a leading medical journal suggests that, in fact, whey protein does cause blood glucose to spike. This may be especially true if you are doing "add ins" in your protein shakes such as fruits, peanut butter, etc.

Try switching to soy protein and see if that helps.

Barb

Endocrinology (including Diabetes)

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Barb

Expertise

I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I can answer general questions on diet, exercise, blood glucose monitoring for TYPE 2 diabetes ONLY. I CANNOT answer general endocrinology questions, nor can I interpret test results. I can't offer advice on type 1 diabetes.

Experience

Type 2 diabetic with excellent control.

Education/Credentials
None in this area.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.