Are Amino Acids Safe For Diabetic Athletes?
- by amino VITAL
If you have diabetes, you probably know when your blood sugar drops or rises based on how you feel. You are also in tune with foods that really affect you either in a good, or bad, way. As a diabetic athlete, you have to be especially cautious about your level of carbohydrate to sustain your energy. And, to keep your blood sugar level within normal limits.
During long days of training, exercise in the heat or at altitude, it is easy to become dehydrated. If your blood sugar is elevated, you’ll lose more fluid through urine also increasing your risk of dehydration. In addition to being aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration, it is important to plan ahead by bringing enough fluid with you and drink regularly. Research shows you are more likely to drink if you choose a beverage that tastes good. Sodium also stimulates thirst and helps your body hold onto more of the fluid you drink. Amino VITAL has several options, all which combine great taste with electrolytes to help you stay healthily hydrated.
See: The Benefits Of Sugar and Sodium In Sports Drinks
Maintaining Energy & Blood Glucose
When you are exercising, your body uses glucose for energy. Your carbohydrate needs may increase, especially when you exercise more intensely and for a longer period of time. It is important to monitor blood glucose during training to help determine your carbohydrate and insulin needs. If you are not on insulin, monitoring your blood glucose can help you determine how much carbohydrate you need, and if your physician may need to adjust your blood glucose lowering medications (if you are regularly reporting low blood glucose values). Consistency is important for getting a good grip on your insulin and carbohydrate needs. Therefore, it is best to exercise regularly at the same time each day. You should also carry carbohydrate with you at all times, just in case your blood glucose drops and you need carbohydrate to bring it to within normal limits.
See: Why Your Sports Drink Should Have Multiple Types Of Carbohydrate
Amino VITAL amino acids products are safe and can fit into your performance plan, helping to sustain energy levels while practicing or competing. Their amino acid mix contains vegan BCAAs, L-Glutamine and L-Arginine made through a unique fermentation process. They source amino acids that are unsurpassed in quality and purity.
How Amino VITAL fits into a diabetic sports nutrition plan:
Fast Charge provides muscles with energy without relying on stimulants like caffeine or sugar. Free form amino acids are rapidly absorbed and act as an energy pool for your muscles while the B-Vitamins help maintain the metabolic rate to support energy needed.
Carbs Per Serving: 1 gram
Purpose: Fast Charge is best when your blood sugar levels are stable but you still need to stay hydrated and energized for optimal health and performance.
Action is a vegan amino acid powder for healthy hydration, natural energy, and muscle recovery. Powerful vegan amino acids and electrolytes absorb quickly to instantly energize, safely hydrate and fight fatigue before it sets in.
Carbs Per Serving: 1 gram
Purpose: Action is best when your blood sugar levels are stable, but you still need to stay hydrated with electrolytes and energized for optimal health and performance.
Rapid Recovery feeds and replenishes broken down muscle and boosts recovery. This is the optimal recipe for muscle recovery with amino acids, complex carbohydrate Highly Branched Cluster Dextrin, 2g of sugar and electrolytes.
Carbs Per Serving: 12 grams
Purpose: Rapid Recovery is best when your blood sugar levels are stable but you still need to stay hydrated for optimal health, performance, and accelerated muscle recovery.
See: Rapid Recovery Ingredient Breakdown
The BCAAs, L-Glutamine and L-Arginine mixture in Amino VITAL products is absorbed 3x faster than protein powder. Free form amino acids do not require extensive digestion so that the essential BCAAs can be absorbed quickly and supply the muscle to optimize energy and performance. All of these products are naturally flavored, sweetened with Stevia and colored with vegetable juices.
*Amino Vital products are not meant to prevent, treat, or cure disease. This blog post is not meant to provide medical advice. Always seek the consultation of your physician (MD; Medical Doctor) to decide what is best for you and talk to your registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for expert input on your specific meal plan and carbohydrate needs for training.