More and more people are confused about protein intake than ever before. For years, we’ve been told that too much protein in the diet can lead to an increased risk for cancer, metabolic disease, and other chronic illnesses. As more research comes out, however, health experts are beginning to change their tune around dietary protein and now consider it an essential nutrient for muscle health, weight loss, balanced blood sugar, and especially longevity.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Donald Layman, a pioneer in establishing optimal protein and amino-acid requirements for chronic disease prevention, performance, and longevity. Dhru and Dr. Layman discuss the importance of dietary protein for blood sugar control, building muscle mass, weight loss, and preventing age-related loss of lean tissue. Dr. Layman also shares his groundbreaking research on the effects of the amino acid leucine on muscle protein synthesis, concerns around mTOR, the relationship between resistance training and protein, and so much more.
Dr. Donald Layman is one of the world’s leading researchers on protein and amino-acid requirements for athletes, adult health, and chronic disease prevention. His research is focused on the impact of diet and exercise on the most troublesome chronic diseases today: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. With a highly respected academic career spanning over four decades, Dr. Layman has received numerous awards for his research publications in optimal protein intake, glycemic control, and weight loss. He has both a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition and biochemistry.
Dr. Layman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a mentor to some of the most prominent voices in muscle-centric health and brings a wealth of knowledge from his background in clinical research into today’s conversation.
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