If you are currently on a sermorelin acetate therapy program to treat human growth hormone (HGH) deficiency, there are a few changes you may need to make in order to maximize results, ensure the effectiveness of the treatment and keep adverse side effects at bay.
One of these changes, and the one we will discuss here, involves your diet and nutrition.
HGH Abuse and Diabetes
One of the more serious side effects of human growth hormone injections, when abused, is diabetes and an increase in blood sugar.
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With sermorelin acetate, the chance of this happening is much, much smaller because sermorelin acts differently than direct injections of HGH: it’s a secretagogue that stimulates the natural production of growth hormone in the body.
Still, in order to avoid the possibility of developing insulin resistance and increased blood sugar, we advise you to try to avoid a few certain foods when undergoing therapy.
What’s great about avoiding these foods is that you should be avoiding them anyway to maximize health – not just because you’re on an HGH therapy program!
Six Foods That Will Spike Your Blood Sugar – Avoid These!
White Grains (Refined Sugar)
This category includes white bread, pasta, and rice. All of these are refined sources of carbohydrates where the majority of the fiber has been removed. Fiber is something that most Americans do not eat enough of, causing chronic digestive issues including indigestion and constipation because fiber is what helps digested food to move through the intestines.
Sara Thomas, Ph.D., RDN, from the healthcare company Abbott, says, “Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that has many benefits.
It’s not digested by the body, so it influences gut health and may slow digestion, which may help blood sugar levels.”
Instead of white grains, try whole grains: whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice, for example.
These will help you to stay fuller longer which reduces the likelihood of overeating. When you overeat, it can have an adverse effect on your blood sugar.
Other examples of whole grains include buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa.
Constantly drinking sugar-laden drinks will cause your blood sugar levels to go out of control. This sugar quickly goes into your bloodstream when ingested. In addition, these drinks contain no protein, fiber, or fat. Really, zero nutrients. Examples of such drinks include soda, sweetened iced tea, and most fruit juices.
What you should mostly be drinking is water. If water is too bland for you, add some freshly sliced fruit to the water bottle to get some (healthy!) sugar in there and to satisfy your taste buds.
You might think fast food is an issue because of the high calories and fat, but there are usually sugar-bombs also hiding in those burgers and fries.
Here again, we see refined carbohydrates. If you’re looking for numbers, a McDonald’s double quarter pounder with cheese contains 10 grams of sugar and a total of 43 grams of carbohydrates. Compare this to a Snickers candy bar: 29 grams of sugar and a total of 35 grams of carbohydrates.
The items to avoid or eat at a minimum at a fast food joint are the white bread buns, breading, condiments, fries, and soda.
Isn’t fruit healthy? Yes, it is. But when overeaten, it can skyrocket your blood sugar levels. Fruit is an essential part of your diet because most fruits contain lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
Your best choices are whole foods, fresh or frozen because there will be no additional sugar. Watch out for canned fruits that are in sugar syrup. Dried fruits also contain a lot of sugar because they are dehydrated and the sugar content is concentrated.
The reason for this choice is about the same as for fruit. Starch is a form of sugar/carbohydrate, being a long chain of glucose molecules.
Again, these foods should not be cut out entirely but eaten in moderation, or paired with a source of high protein. Examples of starchy vegetables include potatoes, peas, and corn.
If you’re not pairing a vegetable with something high in protein or fat, consider choosing broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, or cabbage instead of a starch. Sara Thomas also says, “...make sure you don’t cut out starchy vegetables entirely.
They still provide good nutrients, and some can even be higher in fiber than nonstarchy vegetables.” And, remember, fiber is crucial for blood sugar control!
Surprisingly, non-dairy kinds of milk such as soy, cashew, and especially oat milk, can be very high in sugar. With all that additional sugar, it acts just like a sugar-sweetened soda drink, throwing your blood sugar levels out of whack.
Your best choice is unsweetened soy milk as it has lower sugar levels and higher protein. Make sure to read your labels though as different brands could vary significantly.
Remember, these are all foods that you should be avoiding anyway and not just because you are on, or are thinking of starting, a sermorelin acetate therapy program. If you follow a doctor-prescribed program, there should be zero issues of high blood sugar or a diabetes scare.
The studies and reports of diabetes from HGH use are from people who have abused the hormone and have taken doses that are too high. This is another reason that sermorelin acetate is safer. Contact us if you have any questions about your program and remember to eat healthily!
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