#1 On diabetes
My glucose test was normal (93):
Me: [jokingly] Oh good, I don’t have to go on a special diet or anything
Doc: That’s not what causes it. It’s caused by insulin resistance.
Me: Well, what causes that?
Doc: Most of the time if one of your parents had it, you will get it.
Me: My dad had it but he drank a bottle of vodka every day, ate sweets constantly and never exercised.
Doc: Well if he developed it, you might too.
Me: ??? But if you drop carbs, cant you increase insulin sensitivity?
Doc: Never do that. It’s terrible. When no-carb diets became popular in the 80’s people started dying like crazy and the medical institution didn’t know why. It took a while and a lot more deaths to figure it out.
#2 cry me a liver
On this site we like to poke at doctor’s credibility, but when you’re in the doctor’s office and he says, “we have a problem, your test results show liver damage”, all the doubts about what doctors say vanishes instantly. That statement instantly becomes reality.
This was about a liver test which showed elevated ALT value 54 (normal < 41).
Me: I don’t drink alcohol at all. I eat right and I exercise. The only processed things I take are diet coke and protein powder.
Doc: there you go, protein powder. Not necessary. Cut it completely. It’s a myth that you need a lot of protein - even to get muscular.
Later modok set me straight, and I saw that it’s noted in literature about the ALT that strenuous physical activity can elevate results.
Is this why the ALT becomes elevated?: When you eat a one pound stake (100g protein), it takes like 10 hours for it to work its way through your system. That’s 10g of protein per hour processed through your liver. When you drink 35g of hydrolyzed whey protein, it goes through your liver in 15 minutes. The liver is not designed to handle such big loads at once so problems occur.
I’m curious about the “high protein is not necessary to get muscular” statement. Anyone here got bigger eating <1g/lb?