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if a person is taking diuretics and laxatives during a seven day fast will it increase insulin levels in diabetics?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No real answer: If a person is on a seven day fast, why would he be taking diuretics and laxatives? People with diabetes don't have enough insulin, or don't have any insulin, to make blood sugar go into their bodies' cells to feed their cells. They have to be very self aware and good at monitoring their own blood sugars before attempting any sort of fasting.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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High blood sugar: Prolonged fasting will down regulate Insulin receptors and also Insulin production. Once one goes back to eating, blood sugars may shoot up because it will be even more difficult to get insulin/sugar into cells when there are fewer Insulin receptors. "starvation diabetes" is a well known consequence to prolonged caloric restriction.
Answered on Sep 7, 2019

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