Isn’t The Process Of Why Your Body Starts Gluconeogenesis Actually Somewhat Bad For Your Body?

Filed under: Health — @ May 18, 2009

Is the low-carb process of gluconeogenesis more harmful than good?

When I was on my publisher’s web site last month looking up something in reference to the second book I am writing for them (due out this summer, by the way!), I stumbled across a book by one of my fellow Booklocker writers with the humorously-titled NUDE MICE: And Other Medical Writing Terms You Need to Know. Written by a dynamic freelance medical writer named Cyndy Kryder (who I was privileged to interview about this book last week and will be sharing that interview on my podcast show in August), I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy of this book as a reference tool for those blog posts that require a little more in-depth explanation of a medical term used. Today is the perfect occasion to do so!

If you’ve been following me for any length of time over the past few years, then undoubtedly the term “gluconeogenesis” will be quite familiar to you. I’ve blogged about it, recorded a podcast show about it, and even pulled in my wife Christine on the conversation about it in this YouTube video.

Yet, there is continued confusion and misunderstanding about this process as evidenced by an e-mail I received from one of my YouTube viewers who happens to be a psychology student at her local university. She posed an intriguing question about gluconeogenesis that I wanted to share with you:

I stumbled across your gluconeogenesis video when researching gluconeogenesis because my reading in my psychology class mentioned it. While gluconeogenesis alows your body to have enough glucose when you don’t eat enough carbs, isn’t the process of why your body starts gluconeogenesis actually somewhat bad for your body?

It seems that an insulin decrease, which is what triggers the process of gluconeogenesis, robs your body cells of needed glucose for a while before the gluconeogenesis starts. So wouldn’t there be some negative health effects when you regularly allow your body to get to this point?

Click here to read the response by biochemistry professor and carbohydrate-restriction researcher Dr. Richard Feinman to this student’s questions and concerns about gluconeogenesis.


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