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Protein and Diabetes

By July 19, 2018 Uncategorized

Protein and Diabetes

Protein and Diabetes

Protein is one of the most important components of a Diabetic diet –
Insulin is a protein. Diabetics needs to maintain a balanced diet of
the recommended amount of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Not only will a protein-rich diet help to ensure that your cells
function optimally, but protein also helps to control your appetite so
that you are satiated throughout the day.

Here are a few important facts about protein and Diabetes:

  • Adults Diabetics should consume between 50 and 60 grams(g) of protein per day (depending on your body weight.)
  • 8 ounces of meat contain the recommended amount of protein.
  • Protein makes amino acids. Cells use amino acids to make new
    proteins and repair muscles, skin, organs, blood, and bones throughout
    the body.
  • Protein helps to heal wounds and help blood clot.Grilled Chicken
  • Protein also regulates hormones like insulin and glucagon,
    and creates antibodies. Antibodies attack foreign things like bacteria
    that enter the body (antigens).
  • The body uses all 22 types of amino acids. However, the body
    can only make 13 of these amino acids (and has to get the other nine
    from food sources.)
  • Protein can be stored as fat or converted to carbohydrates.
    The process of converting protein to carbohydrates is called
    Gluconeogenesis. This process happens in the liver and kidneys.
  • Children require protein to grow. However, children only need between 22 and 28 grams of protein per day.

It is important to eat a protein-rich diet.

grilled Fish

  • Protein-rich foods make up about 15 percent of the daily diet.
  • In order to get enough protein, it is recommended that people
    consume about 2 -3 servings of low-fat dairy products and 2-3 servings
    of lean meat products each day (which includes meat, fish, and
    poultry.) Tofu is often substituted for meat.
  • Foods that are high in protein include foods from animals
    such as meat, eggs and milk and milk products like cheese, yogurt.
    Other sources include soy, nuts, beans, and lentils.
  • Easy-to-make protein-rich meals include:
    • Chicken, baked or grilled
    • Fish, Baked or grilled, or tuna fish salad
    • Baked or grilled cheese burger from turkey or beef 
    • Cheese sandwich using low cholesterol cheese, cheese pizza
    • Tofu stir fry  turkey burger

    Protein-rich snacks include: cheese sticks, a handful of almonds, a South Beach Diet breakfast bar, and grilled chicken fingers.

Type 2 Diabetics should eat low fat protein in order to reduce the intake of saturated fats. This can be done by:

  • Eating fish
  • Cooking chicken breast without the skin
  • Low fat beef
  • Drinking skim milk (0% fat)
  • Cooking protein in vegetable oils like Olive oil, and Canola oil

If you’re looking for some great Diabetes menu planning tips, take a look at our Diabetes menu planning section.

You may also want to browse through our Diabetes Food & Grocery section for some great Diabetic snack, food storage, and Diabetes-specific nutritional supplement resources.

                              Click below to learn how to measure the right sized meal.
 

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