The Hypocritic Oath

Make Your Own Glucose

Posted in Uncategorized by trinkwasser on August 26, 2009

One of the major factors in the hysteria against low carb diets is that you “need” something like 135g/day of glucose, which you are supposed to get from your diet.

However one of the major advantages of a low carb diet is that you can perfectly easily generate your own glucose, principally from dietary protein – the liver is good at converting stuff into other stuff.

Here are two summations of a recent paper

Low-carbohydrate diet burns more excess liver fat than low-calorie diet

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Works in the Liver to Stimulate Weight Loss

and the paper itself

Alterations in hepatic glucose and energy metabolism as a result of calorie and carbohydrate restriction

Jeffrey D. Browning, Brian Weis, Jeannie Davis, Santhosh Satapati, Matthew Merritt, Craig R. Malloy, Shawn C. Burgess

One of those little facts that lipophobes fail to understand is that the liver happily converts all those excess carbs they tell you to stuff into your face into . . . saturated fat. Under chronic overcarbing conditions some of this fat becomes “stuck” in the liver, hence NAFDL (the rest of course being stashed as body fat both internal and external, hence the weight gain).

Obviously the most efficient way to get glucose into the blood is to eat it.

The next most efficient way is to eat starch which is rapidly digested to glucose.

However if you are in the least bit insulin resistant, or insulin deficient, efficiency is absolutely the last thing you need: first you will be hit by a rush of glucose spiking your blood glucose level, then your pancreas (or what’s left of it) will be forced to crank out as much insulin as it can to bring the BG back down, which will result in hyperinsulinemia, the cause of many of the cardiac problems.

Much better to reduce the direct dietary glucose input to a minimum and rely on the liver to generate what glucose you actually require through the pathways this paper demonstrates, at a relatively low and controllable level which does not require peaks of insulin (which may not be forthcoming) to moderate it. In the process you will also moderate your blood lipid levels.

Your Liver Is Your Friend!


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  1. trot said, on August 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Aaaaah the five letter acronym which bestows an air of mystique and causes the reader to go searching for a meaning only to find that the author has transposed two of the letters

    • trinkwasser said, on August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      NAFLD dammit, must be the lack of glucose causing my brain to implode . . .

  2. trinkwasser said, on August 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Back in the dim and distant days of paper and faxes I can remember being sent a List Of Defective Acronyms: almost certainly it will be around the internet somewhere.

    My favourite


    Self Contained Apparatus for Breathing Underwater

    Then there was one of alleged replies to quiz questions

    “Name a bird with a long neck?”

    “Naomi Campbell!”

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