EAA and blood sugar

What effect, if any, do EAA’s have on blood sugar when taken on an empty stomach between meals?

Clemson, Ironhead??? Help me out here! :cool:

No effect*. (Hypoglycemia reduces insulin release to amino acid mixtures and most individual amino acids - Newgard and Matschinksy 2001).

  • except for leucine. Leucine stimulates insulin secretion by activating glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH).

So basically taking some leucine on it’s own on an empty stomach will stimulate an insulin response and make you a bit sleepy because of low blood sugar levels. :slight_smile:

Thanks, Ironhead!