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I have a question regarding the amount of simple carbohydrate one might ingest and the resulting insulin spike. If a solution contisting of say 80 grams of maltodextrin or dextrose results in a certain degree of blood sugar elevation, would a dosage half that amount create a relatively lesser insulin rise?

I don't intend this to be a math problem! What I'm trying to get at is this: is there a specific "threshold" to which one might ingest a glucose solution before a drastic insulin spike occurs?

If anyone can reference any studies to me, that would be great. Thanks!


I imagine that depends greatly on the individual. As I'm sure you're aware, those with diabetes have almost no insulin response, regardless of blood glucose levels.

In most cases, insulin response is linear with low glucose consumption. But higher glucose intake in short periods triggers an insulin oversupply, which causes, for example, extreme hunger two hours after downing a loaf a bread.

I can't say either way to individual threshold. Your call.



That would also be my answer: it's all individual.


OK, thanks, that's what I thought... it's been bugging me alot lately.