is the insulin response to protein dose dependent?

I found this interesting.

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The observation that protein requires insulin initially appears to conflict with a number of studies and anecdotal evidence that suggest protein does not have a significant effect on blood sugar. [1][2][3]

I think there are two issues to consider.

Firstly, a healthy non-diabetic will be able to deal with the blood glucose rise caused by gluconeogenesis due to protein, hence the overall blood sugar rise may not be significant.

However type 1 diabetics certainly do see a rise in their blood sugar levels that they need to cover with insulin between three and five hours after eating.  The picture below shows how a well controlled type 1 will give small additional boluses as they see they blood sugar rising due to protein.


If you’re metabolically healthy  the blood sugar rise and insulin secretion due to gluconeogenesis after a large protein meal may not be cause for concern.  However if you…

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