While we know that protein powder is great for those who are wanting to lose weight, build muscle or enhance their recovery period after exercise, what is equally as important is the ingredients that go into them.
Yes protein powders are suitable for those with diabetes, but it is always important to consult a medical professional before embarking on this journey and undertake regular testing to ensure that the effect on the body is not putting you at risk.
Protein powders generally contain low level carbohydrates so the use of these should be done in moderation. The higher the carbohydrate level, the more insulin required to regulate blood sugar levels.
In the case of diabetes, it is the body’s lack of ability to regulate blood sugars efficiently that causes issues so the more carbs, the higher the risk of increased blood sugars.
There are also Amino Acids such as glucogenic acids in whey protein powder that are converted into glucose, which in turn can cause a spike in your blood sugar level.
It is advised that when choosing a protein powder, you look for those that have fewer ingredients and are simple to understand.
While they may be sugar free, not all sweeteners are equal or are a healthier alternative.
Sweeteners such as Aspartame, Glycerin (Glycerol), Polydextrose or Splenda often cause bloating, upset stomachs, dizziness, headaches and vision problems.
It is recommended that you gradually introduce protein powder into your diet and measure your blood sugar levels before consumption and then again at around 45 minutes afterwards to assess how that particular protein powder affects your body.
With careful consideration and stringent testing, those with diabetes can enjoy using protein powders in their shakes, snacks and desserts.
Protein powders are a useful tool in living a healthier lifestyle so Inline Nutrition are pleased to be able to help those with diabetes reach their health goals.
To find out more about Inline Nutrition’s protein powders including a breakdown of ingredients, please head to our website and take a look around.