July 24, 2013

Foods to Prolong Insulin Secretion in T1D

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foodsAfter T1D diagnosis, some foods may have a protective effect on insulin-producing cells to prolong their life, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

Although the addition of these foods does not exempt the need for insulin injections and glucose testing, researchers have found that it continues the measurement of C-peptide for up to 2 years after diagnosis. C-peptide is a byproduct of insulin  production and delays microvascular complications.

The name of the study is ” Nutritional Factors and Preservation of C-Peptide in Youth with Recently Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes,”. The conclusion is that increased intake of branched-chain amino acids and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may support preservation of beta cells function.

Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAA, are involved in your body’s regulation of protein metabolism, body composition and weight loss. Such foods are: pork, wheat germ, milk, cheese, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, chicken, rye, and liver.

The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are good for your insulin production, as well as your heart health. Examples of foods with long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are: beef, poultry, eggs and dairy, as well as some plant sources such as palm and coconut oils.

Having to recondition your lifestyle once T1D is added to the family can be a good thing. I’m stretching but I’m trying to have a glass half full outlook. With the food choices above, look at the options you can add to your dinner menu with nature’s bounty.

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