Digestive Enzymes Might Be Spiking Your Blood Sugar

high blood sugar pharmaceutical pills glucose monitor imageIf you do take a digestive enzyme formula, please check the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain enzymes for digestion commonly listed as Amylases. The bad news is that most of them do. In fact, they play a leading role in most digestive enzyme formulas.

Amylases are enzymes produced in the pancreas that are secreted into the small intestine to help break down dietary starches and sugar. Taking extra of these amylases can increase the speed with which the body breaks down carbohydrates, which can cause excess and rapidly-absorbing glucose into the bloodstream. This can cause dangerously high after meal blood sugar spikes and high blood sugar (1). So Beware! These are dangerous enzymes for digestion.

Now, we have been told that as we age the ability to manufacture digestive enzymes declines and, yes, I have to admit there are studies to back this up.

But why accept this without a fight? It is just not as simple as saying, if I take digestive enzymes and feel better, it means I need them for the rest of my life. Why not investigate why the body is not producing adequate enzymes for digestion in the first place?

The most common reason that this happens is liver congestion. In the vast majority of humans, right before the bile duct enters the small intestine, it connects with the pancreatic duct (2).

If the large intestine is constipated or inflamed, toxins will default back to the liver for processing and, over time, congest the liver and thicken the bile. A congested bile duct can block the flow of digestive enzymes from the pancreas in at least 91% of the population (2). In one study, 46% of patients with pancreatitis had extra thick and viscous bile, linking congested bile to pancreatic function.

My Advice on Enzymes for Digestion:

  • If you have blood sugar issues, as do at least 100 million Americans, avoid amylase enzymes.
  • Eat more beets, radishes, fennel, fenugreek, leafy greens and small amounts of cinnamon to thin your bile.

References

  1. 1. Stout J. Are You Obtaining the Proper Enzymes. Life Ext Mag. Jan 2013
  2. 2. Guyton Physiology.2011

Comments

  1. Scott says

    Okay,

    Now before you go and post an article such as this, you may want to do a bit more research before someone dies from your advice. Let us say that someone in my situation goes and reads this article and stops taking the Pancreatic enzymes that their doctor has prescribed to them. They begin suffering from being malnourished and die. Why is it you ask? Well it is because I have no pancreas to create the digestive enzymes which you speak of. My pancreas was damaged due to a drunk driver hitting me upon my motorcycle. Years later, I found a doctor that was able to transplant my islet cells into my liver which in time will stop the diabetes that I currently have. But nothing can be done to create the enzymes that are required to digest the foods, so I need to add these into my diet in order to digest foods. I will be the first to say that my sugars spike on these, but it sure is better than the alternative!!

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