I have type 2 diabetes and I read somewhere that you can lose muscle from high blood glucose levels. Like lets say for a couple meals my blood sugar was really high, can I lose muscle? I have a very high protein diet and I eat a crap load of calories but im just wondering.
Yes, but it take a LONG time — more than just a couple of meals.
High blood sugar over the period of 3-6 MONTHS will cause a problem called KETOACIDOSIS. here is what happens:
When you blood sugar is too high, this is because the Square in your blood is not getting to your muscle cells, where sugar is used for fuel to work, grow, and reproduce. In effect, because ot the diabetes you muscles are STARVING.
When muscles starve, they give off chemical signal that cause your BRAIN tho think"NEED MORE FOOD!" but even though you may eat like a horse, the additional sugar can’t reach you cells — they are STILL starving! Since the "I’m Starved" signal doesn’t shut off, the body falls into Plan B. This is called STARVATION MODE. When this happens, your body begins to digest itself, starting with proteins. MUSCLES are a primary source of proteins, so when you are in STARVATION MODE, your body tries to digest its own muscles! Thus, you lose muscle mass.
But when you body tries to digest its own muscles, these gives off toxic chemical called KETONES. These make you VERY sick, and damage your kidneys. KETONES also cause you blood to cross over into the "acidic" zone. When this happens, you body losses control of thing like your heart rate, and your brain start to get foggy, and you get to be "dull witted" and slow in both thought and action. When you blood becomes acidic, this is called ACIDOSIS.
So, when your blood surges have been too high for 3 or more MONTHS, you get a loss of muscle mass, a build up of ketones in the blood (and in the urine), and you blood turns to acid!
if you continue to have high blood sugars, this situation WILL KILL YOU — usually by heart attack.
BY THE WAY — a protein DIET can ALSO cause ketones. You need to eat a HEALTHY diet that has NO sugar, low fat, normal proteins, and high fibers. Your body is ALREADY damaged — don’t do it more harm by eating too many proteins!
June 02 2010 07:24 pm | high blood sugar