Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 18, 2008

Some quick searches tonight and I find a link between proteins (Amino Acids) and blood sugar.

Protein and Blood Sugar

What does protein do for my blood sugar control? The body uses protein for growth, maintenance, and energy. Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, milk and other dairy products, eggs, beans, peas, and lentils. Starches and vegetables also have small amounts of protein. Lean meats and low-fat dairy products are the better diet choices to help prevent high blood cholesterol levels.

As you begin to eat for better control of your diabetes, protein will become an essential part of your diet. Protein serves as a blood sugar stabilizer. When eaten in combination with other foods, protein will prevent your blood sugar levels from rising too high or falling too low.

Protein Metabolism

During protein metabolism, some protein is converted to glucose in a process called gluconeogenesis, the formation of glucose from non-carbohydrate sources.

The basic difference between protein and carbohydrate is that while carbohydrates are made out of simple sugars (carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen), protein is made from amino acids (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and sufur). The nitrogen is a basic component of the protein’s amino acids and accounts for 13 to 20% of the total mass.

The first step in protein metabolism is to break it into its constituent amino acids. These are absorbed into the blood stream.

The second step is to break down the amino acids into their constituent parts–catabolism, if you want to get technical about it. This removes the nitrogen or amino group from the amino acids. The process is called deamination.

Deamination breaks the amino group down into ammonia and what is termed the carbon skeleton. Ammonia is converted to urea, filtered through the kidneys, and excreted in urine. The carbon skeleton–which is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen–can then by used either for protein synthesis, energy production (ATP), or converted to glucose by gluconeogenesis.

Most authorities believe that the amount of protein converted to glucose is quite small, except under conditions of intense exercise or metablic starvation. Under these conditions amino acids produce the major source of glucose for blood sugar maintenance.

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September 7, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 21, 2006

I thought I would try another experiment with my diet. I’ve read in Carolyn Dean’s book about magnesium that eating foods high in protein and fats can affect the mineral absorption rate. So today, I’ve cut out the protein from my lunch and I’ll try eating my oats in the morning and only fruits during the day. I’ll cut out the protein as much as possible.

By the end of the day my eyes have improved tremendously. But now I’m beginning to feel the weird kind of feeling in my head when I don’t take the B vitamins. I get home from work and for the next few hours, I have a bunch of weird feelings in my chest and I’m not feeling that great. I decide that taking one B complex capsule would be okay for me to take since I haven’t had any all day. I also take two more capsules of magnesium and within and hour, I’m feeling much better.

Maybe I should switch back to the magnesium citrate so I go out to the local health food store and pick some up. I also inquire about the homeopathic remedies behind the counter and I ask about magnesia phosphorica 30c. They are the same type as the ones in Loblaws and they don’t have it. I ask about placing a special order and she says it will take a about a week. I want to try to get back to my usual routine of vitamins. That energy I had last week was great. I want that again.

August 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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