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Jul 03, 2015

Being a diabetic, how did you bulk up?

I'm a T1 insulin dependent diabetic for 30 years. I'm also lifting for 10 months now. I initially focussed on fat loss. Now I'm trying to bulk up. How did you get away with BCAAs? It causes an insulin surge in normal people. It causes a high blood sugar level in diabetes people. Also, was it hard to pack muscle? I find it a bit hard. I take Whey, casein & BCAA. Arun.V
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Jul 04, 2015

hi mr.arun,

I think you get the greatest benefit out of the whey shake when you eat a meal 30-60 minutes afterwards. Whey is absorbed by the body faster than casein, so I like to take both. Casein also regulates the release of amino acids into the bloodstream (it makes it more stable), so I really think whey and casein complement each other.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! If you are working out, your insulin sensitivity will increase, so chances are you will have to cut back on the insulin. And keep a handle on your BG levels before, during and after your workouts so you get an idea as to how high your BG should be before your workout so you don't bonk. Keep some gummy bears, jellybeans, or whatever you like, on hand in the gym so you can get some carbs if you start to feel a little hypo. I know a strength athlete who is also a Type 1 diabetic who drinks grape juice during his workout to keep his BG levels up.

You still might want to check with your endocrinologist and/or dietician before doing this, but my experience has been that doctors tend to steer diabetics away from heavy, anaerobic exercise and high endurance activities simply because of the challenges in keeping own BG levels stable (they take the low road -- I like to take the high road!). But if you know your body and you're willing to be your own guinea pig (which we are everyday anyway), I say "GO FOR IT!"

If you need a little inspiration, just look at Doug Burns. He's a Type 1 diabetic and won Mr. Universe.

try bcaa as intra workout, try whey conc n isolate blend n casein. keep lifting

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Jul 08, 2015

Hi Arun,

I would advise you to get medical expertise on this as it is said BCAA's cause insulin spiking which means its not recommended for you to partake in the consumption of BCAA's particularly. Kindly get medical advice and follow that.


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