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Glutamine and Diabetes?

The internet seems to have two opinions here if I Google –

People with diabetes should AVOID glutamine

or

People with diabetes should EMBRACE glutamine

representative links:

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/3166.html

or

http://www.dynapurenutrition.com/metabolic-syndrome.html

[quote]Obesity Diabetes Insulin Resistance
Persons who eliminate carbohydrate from their diet can experience withdrawal symptoms such as ?brain fog?. The brain?s primary source of energy is glucose. If suddenly the brain has no glucose, the result can be a foggy-headed feeling along with cravings for carbohydrate.

A great solution is the nutrient amino acid, glutamine, which the brain can readily use for fuel in place of glucose. Glutamine has the advantage of not increasing blood sugar, and not stimulating insulin release, while feeding the brain the energy it needs to function properly.[/quote]

Anybody around here with diabetes supplement with glutamine? Safe for you?

THNX

The impression I always got was that glutamine will only be converted to glucose when the body needed it, so that’s the POV of the second article. Also, I think average doses are 10-15 grams throughout the day, and a 5 gram dose after workout. If taken with a meal, even if all of that was converted to glucose is it enough to be a problem?

I’m not actually that familiar with diabetes, and I’m not an expert on gluconeogenesis. I’m just trying to dialogue and reason through it if that helps.

[quote]Fezzik wrote:
I’m not actually that familiar with diabetes, and I’m not an expert on gluconeogenesis. I’m just trying to dialogue and reason through it if that helps.[/quote]

I’m glad you posted – what you say makes sense. I suppose the best strategy for me is to just try it and see how my body responds.