How effective are high-protein diets?


We all have been told that high-protein diet fuels weight loss. To further reiterate the fact, they say it is satisfying and keeps your full for longer, saves calories and even ward off lifestyle diseases, particularly diabetes. Now if you are obsessively tiring your taste buds by feeding it excess protein, here is a spoiler. Protein may not be all that effective in treating your lifestyle diseases.
We require improved insulin sensitivity to cut down our risk for Type 2 diabetes, which is most common among obese people. That’s the reason health experts recommend weight loss for better health. A study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found out that while the postmenopausal women with obesity were able to shed 10 per cent of their body weight but the ones who were on high-protein diet showed no change in insulin sensitivity, which is extremely important for overall well being. On the other hand, the women who consumed regular amount of protein saw an improvement of 25 to 30 per cent in insulin sensitivity.
Bettina Mittendorfer, a professor of medicine said, “We definitely expected a blunting of the effect, but to completely eliminate it was a little bit surprising.” While the number of people who participated in the study is small but the professor feels that this is not the first report to raise questions about high-protein diets. She added, “There is a reported association from epidemiological studies between protein intake and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.”

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