Type 1 diabetes study shows dietary protein is linked with additional insulin need

A new study shows that the level of protein in a meal can significantly affect how much insulin needs to be taken at meal times for people with type 1 diabetes.

Many people with type 1 diabetes are advised to count carbohydrate but not protein when calculating insulin doses.

The new research showed that higher amounts of protein in meals increased the amount of insulin needed by about 50 per cent. The results also showed that the amount of extra insulin needed varied significantly between different individuals.

The findings suggest that the way protein in a meal can affect blood glucose levels deserves more attention. To date, the effects of protein on glucose levels has not been investigated by research as thoroughly as the effects of carbohydrate.

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