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In the recent intensive investigation of diabetes mellitus, stimulated by the advent of insulin, little attention has been given to the rôle of protein, especially meat protein, in producing pancreatic insufficiency. The factor of keeping the patient's carbohydrate intake well within his estimated tolerance limit has been appropriately stressed, but a number of the diet cards distributed to diabetic patients fail to impress the necessity of protein restriction. Frequently, meats are listed among the carbohydrate-free group, and mild or prediabetic patients are allowed to go the limit on these articles, because they contain no carbohydrate, as such.
Von Noorden has called attention to the fact that large amounts of meat protein thrown on the digestive system by a single meal may produce a temporary paralysis of pancreatic function. That this reaction is the result of protein attack rather than due to the available glucose represented by the meat is borne
PARKHURST GM. PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY RESULTING FROM LARGE MEAT PROTEIN INTAKE. JAMA. 1923;81(14):1204–1205. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650140048017
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