Many athletes, especially those who compete at a high level use various means to ensure that they are getting enough protein in their diet. The most common way of accomplishing this is either through supplements or shakes that will quickly boost their consumption of this important nutrient. Given the popularity of these methods, those with diabetes who exercise regularly may wonder about the safety of using products to increase their protein intake. In general, it can be said that supplements and shakes are fine to use, provided that they come from a reliable source and are approved by your doctor or nutritionist.
Aside from this, the most important thing individuals with diabetes need to monitor when taking these products is their protein intake. How much of this important nutrients a person needs per day largely depends on their lifestyle and health habits. A sedentary woman for example needs only 46 grams, but a person who exercises regularly would need more based on a variety of factors. All this being said, shakes and supplements should only be used by individuals who exercise regularly, as most individuals already get enough protein through their normal diet. The amount of this important nutrient a person should get daily if they commit to regular physical activity can be best determined by a doctor or nutritionist.
When used correctly, protein shakes and supplements can be a great addition to any active person’s lifestyle. For those with diabetes, they may even help in controlling blood-glucose levels provided that the products aren’t filled with added sugars. However given this, it is important to speak to your doctor before you start to incorporate protein shakes and supplements into your diet. Their ability to lower blood-glucose levels may negatively interaction with diabetic medications or exercise in general; as both of these are known to have a similar effect.
The bottom line is that protein supplements and shakes are fine for active individuals with diabetes to use so long as they follow a few guidelines and consult a medical professional. However, we advise against sedentary individuals using either of these products, as they can develop problems caused by having too much of this nutrient in their diet.