Carbohydrates, Fat and Proteins - Pecking Order
In Diabetes the emphasis is the breakdown product of polysaccharides to disaccharides to glucose, a monosaccharide.
What if, for a variety of reasons, glucose stays lower than normal. If you went to a diabetic camp, where your time exercising is high, you know what happens.
First line of supply is the storage of Glycogen in the liver. It is broken down to release glucose until the hypoglycemia returns to normal values of glucose.
If you are unable to ingest carbohydrates your body begins to call upon other sources to use as fuel.
The second line of defense is your fat storage centers. In the production of energy fat enters the energy cycle and is a great source of energy. Danger exists if you continue to use fat because carbohydrates are unavailable. The body has many uses for fat other than providing a source of energy.
Starvation is near. The final source of energy is protein. The major source of protein that comprises your muscle tissue. In severe loss of protein a very important organ can deteriorate. Your heart. Several important singers (Karen Carpenter for one) died from heart failure when the heart "muscle" was used as a food source.
Again, the glucose energy pathway has an entrance point for proteins to enter.
The body has to protect a means to seek food. The muscular system is of paramount importance. When muscle tissue is depleted to severe levels you can't move about to find food.
It is wise, in diabetes education to consider the pathways our bodies work to protect essential organs like the heart and brain.