I’ve noticed over the last couple months that an increasing number of you – our awesome customers – are diabetics. I’m getting both fantastic emails from those who have already tried our products and are so pleased to be able to incorporate bread back into their diets without blowing up their sugar readings, and enquiries from diabetics who have yet to try any of our range and want to know if it’s diabetes friendly for them.

For those who are reading this and are not diabetics (but just curious) let’s start with the basics…

First of all, what is diabetes?

For our bodies to work properly we need to maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood.  Glucose is the main source of energy for our bodies and is carried around the body in the blood stream.  Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas, and is needed for glucose to enter the cells and be converted to energy. In people with diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make any insulin, or enough insulin to work effectively.

Glucose comes from the carbohydrate foods we eat. Carbohydrate foods include bread, pasta, rice, cereals, fruits, starchy vegetables, milk and yoghurt. The body breaks carbohydrates down into glucose which then enters the blood-stream. For glucose to enter all the cells in the body and be used for energy, insulin must be available.

For people with diabetes, the glucose stays in the blood instead of being turned into energy. This is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes. High blood glucose can cause both short and long term damage to the body.  Complications can impact many areas of the body including heart, brain, kidneys, eyes and feet.

Here are a few facts about diabetes that you may not know:

  • Around 280 Australians develop diabetes every day 1 – That’s one person every five minutes!
  • Roughly 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated) 2
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year 3
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day 4
  • The total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is an estimated $14.6 billion 5

(Facts cited from Diabetes Australia please visit their website for more information: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-in-australia)

So how can you manage diabetes?

Carbohydrate counting is a popular choice and will help keep your blood glucose levels close to normal. Keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible can help you:

  • stay healthy for longer
  • prevent or delay diabetes problems such as kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and blood vessel disease that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and amputations—surgery to remove a body part
  • generally feel better and more energetic

You may also need to take diabetes medicines or have insulin shots to control your blood glucose levels. You should discuss your blood glucose targets with your doctor (Targets are numbers you aim for). To meet your targets, you will need to balance your carbohydrate intake with physical activity and diabetes medicines or insulin shots.

Diabetes and Low Carb Living

No matter what your approach, what we can take from this is that the key to managing your diabetes is through a considered plan to your nutrition and exercise. This will help keep your blood glucose levels stable and your overall health and well being in check.

So the question remains, are the Protein Bread Co range of Products diabetes friendly? Well, obviously its a case by case basis, but with our whole range being low carb and made from natural Australian ingredients it’s easy to see why our diabetic community is rapidly growing.

Check out just some of the reviews we’ve had on our products below…

Loving Protein Bread!! 29/07/15
“SO glad I came across Protein Bread and tried it. I absolutely love it. It is easy to make, tastes good and best of all my husband (who has Type 1 diabetes) can eat it as a snack without worrying about the effect on his blood glucose levels.” – Michelle Y

I made apple and cinnamon 07/07/16
“I made apple and cinnamon muffins with my protein muffin mix – all 12 didn’t last long as everyone in my family loved them! I’m currently in my third trimester of pregnancy with type 1 diabetes (have had it for 25 years) and my blood glucose levels have been difficult to manage in terms of food consumption. Not so with the protein muffins – no spikes in blood glucose levels and get to indulge in a tasty treat! Can’t wait to make another batch of muffins but not looking forward to sharing! Ha!” – Elaine L.

I have type 1 diabetes 10/08/16
“I have type 1 diabetes who has put on a lot of weight so was looking for a low carb option which satisfies my blood sugars and weight loss goals. I came across this on an Instagram followers page and ordered it straight away. It’s great – especially toasted ( it doesn’t have a massive shelf life just like normal bread so freeze it and pop it in the toaster !) I also ordered the pancakes which I am yet to try. The customer service is remarkable and I highly recommend the bread mix and pizza bases. I wish there was a wrap option to take to work :)” – Renee P.

I was recently diagnosed with… 24/10/16
“I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the products have no effect on but glucose levels. These products are Fantastic, I have made the bread, muffins and the pancakes and love them all. I would recommend them to anyone.” – Janice G.

Please note that any nutritional advice on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or nutritionist with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or a dietary restriction. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on our website.

Further reading

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-communication-programs/ndep/health-care-professionals/guiding-principles/principle-06-control-blood-glucose/Pages/principle-06-control-blood-glucose.aspx 

http://www.diabetessa.com.au/latest-news/world-health-day-2016-diabetes.html?gclid=CKWV5aCou9ACFYaXvAod-AQChQ

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/about-diabetes

 

Author Profile

Luke Hopkins
An avid barefoot trail runner, explorer, creator, and keen learner. I'm incredibly humbled by everyone who's helped The Protein Bread Co. to grow to where it is today – actively supporting our mission to help 5M Australians and 20M people globally to live fitter, healthier and happier lives. You can reach out to me via Twitter or Instagram @thelowcarbgiant, Facebook @lukehopkins, or shoot me an email at luke@lovepbco.com

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