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While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

Since protein is absorbed into the system slower than carbs, it helps slow down the carbs, therefore reducing what is commonly known as the sugar rush.
- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 7/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 22 Comments
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LITTLEWIND53 11/30/2010 12:57:00 AM

    I believe it should be "Always eat a Protein with a Carb" meaning that while you can have a protein by itself, you should NEVER EVER have a carb by itself.
ADIPOSEROSE 3/29/2012 1:42:00 PM

    This is NOT a panacea, but . . . if you overdo the carbohydrates in a meal, try drinking several glasses of water, which seems to help to "dilute" the syrup floating around in your bloodstream. (The best advice, of course, is don't overdo the carbs in the first place.) emoticon
ADIPOSEROSE 3/29/2012 1:18:00 PM

    This may not be "medically reviewed," but it's physiologically true. Just to clarify: you can eat proteins on their own, but as any diabetic (and especially any hypoglycemic) should know, you should always try to combine a carb (say, an apple or a pear) with some kind of protein (a slice of cheese, an egg, a piece of meat). Proteins take longer to digest than carbohydrates, so they slow down your metabolism of the carbs, too. Glucose spikes (the kind you might get from drinking a regular Coke) cause an over-compensation of insulin in those who still produce it; the trick is to keep your blood sugars as level as possible throughout the day, which is why you want the low-glycemic whole grains that don't cause spikes vs. the processed white breads, pasta, and rice that do.
IRISSTUART 4/6/2012 9:34:00 AM

    I do have a tendency to forget t his.
CLYPOL 5/29/2011 3:14:00 PM

    I didn't know that. Thanks for the tip. I'm new at this and don't really know what I'm doing. I don't even know how many carbs I should be having to lose weight, but I will remember this one.
HUNGRYWOMAN2 7/25/2010 9:57:00 AM

    of all the research I had to do on diabetes I never ran across this until I read the Insulin Resistant Diet. It is so basic, and so effective, It is difficult to understand why it isn't one of the first things we learn.
Thanks for sharing sucb an effective tool.
LOULOUWLG40 3/26/2015 4:24:00 PM

    I'm a diabetic who takes no meds any longer. I forget to eat any protein at breakfast. I'll eat cereal, but no eggs or cheese or peanut on toast. I will try to remember you're piece of info! Thanks so much and have a blessed day!
JWCOLBY 3/26/2015 10:08:00 AM

    As mentioned, proteins take a long time to turn into energy, and don't raise our glucose level at all. Likewise fats. Likewise low glycemic index carbs.

So folks, "eat protein with your carbs" should be turned into "knock off the high glycemic carbs, and eat lots of proteins and fats as your primary energy source". emoticon

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JWCOLBY 3/26/2015 10:07:00 AM

    Insulin resistance is caused by too much carbs, forcing our bodies to produce too much insulin. Yes, too much insulin in the bloodstream is the CAUSE of insulin resistance, but that is triggered by our eating too much carbs. Stop eating carbs, and the body stops producing insulin in response to those carbs.

Now, think about this... insulin dependent diabetics are told by their doctors to "eat carbs all day long, and inject insulin right after eating those carbs." Hmmmm..... emoticon doesn't that trigger an alarm bell? How about "eat very few carbs, and those must be low glycemic index carbs". Voila, no more insulin injections required.
JWCOLBY 3/26/2015 10:05:00 AM

    Did you know that carbs are not necessary? That's right, you can live your entire life and never eat a carb and your body will tick along just fine. Carbs are difficult to avoid, and are not bad for us in moderation, but this whole "eat carbs every chance you get" is precisely what got us diabetics into our disease in the first place.

Carbs CAUSE hunger. More precisely, carbs are turned into glucose, which triggers insulin, which pulls the glucose out of the blood stream. When the glucose falls too low, the brain says EAT, which we interpret as hunger. Want to know how to not feel hungry? Don't eat carbs!

YOLHOL 6/19/2014 1:45:00 PM

    Wow. Thanks for that tit bit. I will remember this.
SLIMISTA 5/8/2014 7:47:00 PM

    What kind of protein can I have if I am having cereal with a banana for breakfast"
ASPENHUGGER 3/30/2013 2:18:00 PM

    I just learned about this -- and it certainly makes sense. Thanks for posting it!
POUNDSAWAY13 3/28/2013 9:09:00 PM

    I didn't know about combining a carb with a protein. Thanks for letting me know!
JGMARIE80 3/16/2013 3:31:00 PM

    I know about this but it's hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I sometimes load up in proteins and forget my carbs. Now that I 'm tracking my food, I know which goals were met and which aren't. Thanks for the reminder . emoticon
FISHER011 2/12/2013 5:27:00 PM

    great advice, that I sometimes forget! Thanks for reminder.
MARTIFUN 3/30/2012 12:43:00 PM

    Thanks all -- I appreciate all tips on gluten-free and vegan tips for diabetes control. Mary's flax crackers and Tofutti Herbs & chives makes a great snack. Tofutti "better than cream cheese" in 2T has 60 calories, 5 grams fat, 2g carbs, and 1g protein. I'm new to pleased it that it exists w/ an amazing community. Thanks!
MFLYNN8 5/4/2011 8:14:00 PM

    Something to keep in mind, thanks!
SUNSHINE6442 12/17/2010 10:40:00 PM

    Great advice.
ROSEBUD1954 7/26/2010 1:25:00 PM

    Thank you all. My blood workup hasn't come back yet but the first one showed signs of prediabetes. I figure reading up can only help and these blogs do. emoticon
SUPPLEMENT 7/22/2010 1:43:00 PM

    I didn't know that, but it makes sense. Although I am new at this, I try to do this
at every meal. Thank you for reinforcing to me that I am on the right track.
SUPPLEMENT 7/22/2010 1:43:00 PM

    I didn't know that, but it makes sense. Although I am new at this, I try to do this
at every meal. Thank you for reinforcing to me that I am on the right track.

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