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Doctor insights on: Foods That Contain Insulin

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Should insulin be taken before food?

Should insulin be taken before food?

Depends: Rapid acting insulins such a humalog/novolog should be taken 15 minutes or less before food. Regular insulin, which hopefully not many people are still using, should be taken about 30 minutes before food. Basal Insulin such as Lantus (insulin glargine) should be taken at the same time of day each day, but has no relationship to food. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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What foods increase insulin sensitivity?

What foods increase insulin sensitivity?

Various supplements: Clinical research has shown that several supplements, including chromium, magnesium, lipoid acid, vanadium can improve the body's response to insulin. Certain foods such as cinnamon, nopal cactus, and bitter melon can also enhance Insulin sensitivity and thereby lower blood sugar. This list is not complete, and each person's response varies. Don't stop diabetes meds if you do use any of these. ...Read more

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Can someone with diabetes live for months with insulin but without food?

Can someone with diabetes live for months with insulin but without food?

Probably not: Even persons without diabetes need food to survive for many months. Even when persons with insulin-dependent diabetes (whether type 1 or type 2) are not eating it is still important that they take some Insulin to prevent their body from going into ketoacidosis. However prolonged starvation is not good for anyone. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the consequence of the raising up of insulin level (after taking food)?

Can you please discuss the consequence of the raising up of insulin level (after taking food)?

Insulin: The Insulin level rises in order to store excess carbohydrates that were consumed at your last meal. The body only uses about 35 grams of carbs at one sitting. The rest get stored and Insulin is responsible for making the storage happen. ...Read more

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My grandmother is like in her 70s, she is diabetic and uses insulin. She has a bad habit of eating stuff other than cooked food. What to do?

My grandmother is like in her 70s, she is diabetic and uses insulin. She has a bad habit of eating stuff other than cooked food. What to do?

See my diet sheet: Http://www. Schwartzdiabetesdoc. Com/newsletters/_3_diet_sheet. Doc

she can have more than you think

just not sweet. ...Read more

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Can we serve a normal food to a diabetic taking insulin injection twice a day?

Can we serve a normal food to a diabetic taking insulin injection twice a day?

Yes: As long as the carbohydrates are accounted for in giving the injection of Insulin the person with Insulin requiring dm will do fine. ...Read more

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Husband is type 1 diabetic. He stores his opened insulin in the refrigerator. Can the insulin get into foods stored near it?

Husband is type 1 diabetic. He stores his opened insulin in the refrigerator. Can the insulin get into foods stored near it?

No: Insulin is in its own sealed, sterile containers. It does not get into the food. Even if some insulin got into the food, the person eating the food would just digest it, so it would not cause any medicinal effects. ...Read more

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Seemingly ironic but are some foods such as breads and/or potatoes more likely to give you an insulin spike versus straight sugar (like a soda)?

Seemingly ironic but are some foods such as breads and/or potatoes more likely to give you an insulin spike versus straight sugar (like a soda)?

It varies: Calorie for calorie, soda with high fructose corn syrup will increase your sugar and insulin levels more than pasta. However, eating 500 calories of pasta could spike your glucose and insulin levels more than 50 calories of soda. So lots of pasta can have more effect than a little soda. It is related to the glycemic index of the food and the calories consumed. Www. Glycemicindex. Com has numbers. ...Read more

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Could there be a reason to take lantus (insulin glargine) insulin with food?

Could there be a reason to take lantus (insulin glargine) insulin with food?

No: Lantus (insulin glargine) is a basal insulin. It doesn't do anything for about 4 hours and then is level for about 24 hours. It should be taken at the same time every day, and you don't want to take food at the same time unless you also are taking an injection of quick acting insulin, such as before a meal. ...Read more

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Can type 1 diabetics eliminate the need for insulin by eating food without carbs?

Can type 1 diabetics eliminate the need for insulin by eating food without carbs?

No absolutely not: The foods we eat are changed in to the smallest unit and those units can be converted one to the other. If you eat protein, through a path way can be changed to glucose. It is not only carbohydrate that gives you glucose but fats and protein as well. For this reason you need to have a shot no matter what kind of food you eat. The other thing is carbohydrate is an imortnat component of diet. ...Read more

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My 12 year old was diagnosis with T1D. She is still in the hospital. What do I do about the return to school. (she on insulin before food)?

My 12 year old was diagnosis with T1D. She is still in the hospital. What do I do about the return to school. (she on insulin before food)?

School time: This is an important question. Important to raise this question with your child's doctor. Hopefully you also have access to a diabetes educator or nurse skilled in setting up care plans. Depending upon the school district, your school may have a school nurse who can help with care plan. ...Read more

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On Lantus (insulin glargine) (Diabetic 2) Fasting bld sgr at 7am 233, by 9am NO water or food, bs is 241. By 11am only water, bs goes to 275. WTH?? am I doing wrong!?

On Lantus (insulin glargine) (Diabetic 2) Fasting bld sgr at 7am 233, by 9am NO water or food, bs is 241. By 11am only water, bs goes to 275. WTH?? am I doing wrong!?

Lantus (insulin glargine): You are not giving yourself enough insulin.
If you are not taking water or or food I strongly recommend that you either get to see your primary doctor today, or, if not available, please go to the nearest Emergency facility.
Those blood sugar levels won't cause any symptoms for a while but you must work hard to get the levels down.
Off to the Emergency facility please! ...Read more

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Why do you have to give gliclazide and lantus (insulin glargine) together. Isn't lantus (insulin glargine) enough to lower blood sugar? Also why give these medications before food?

Why do you have to give gliclazide and lantus (insulin glargine) together. Isn't lantus (insulin glargine) enough to lower blood sugar? Also why give these medications before food?

Too much 4 400 space: 1st drug stimulates your own insulin production. 2nd is long lasting insulin. There are multiple forms of insulin with different half lives and there are also insulin pumps which automate a lot of this stuff. ...Read more

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Am 19wks pregnant. Little diabetic now. Fasting sugar 106.Am I need medicins? Or just food control? Am I need insulin therapy to this level of sugar?

Lifestyle changes: A blood sugar level of 106 is considered pre diabetic range in the U.S. In this range it's important to watch your intake of carbs, exercise regularly, and maintain a diet primarily of fruits and vegies. Sometimes oral drug therapy is recommended for prediabetics but not insulin. Since you are pregnant it is especially important that you consult your physician about safe management of blood sugar. ...Read more

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I have PCOS. High testosterone. Insulin-resistant. What foods to eat and avoid. Is there a diet plan for PCOS? What exercises could I do for this?

I have PCOS. High testosterone. Insulin-resistant. What foods to eat and avoid. Is there a diet plan for PCOS? What exercises could I do for this?

Dietician: Metformin has been effective in managing the insulin resistance seen in PCOS. As for diet, avoiding sweets and reducing starches like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice helps. A registered dietitian, in one visit, can give you an appropriate diet. Discuss exercises with your physician. Regular aerobic exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, jogging are beneficial. ...Read more

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Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

Maybe but it depends: While your suggestion is not currently part of ada guidelines & recommendations, if it will help you see result of your food choices & help you make better choices, then I think it's reasonable. In truth, your nutritionist can help you develop healthy eating habits w/o using a glucometer. For instance, check out the mediterranean diet. Don't forget to exercise regularly to reduce Insulin resistanc. ...Read more

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Diabetic not eating normal insulin 16unit 3 daily should I adjust n how much?

See below: Yes, most likely you will need to adjust but this is impossible to determine without blood sugar logs, your history of Insulin dosing, and any other meds (including diabetes meds) that you are taking. You should discuss this with your doctor who knows you and your history well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

Humulin: Humulin is the marketed name by Eli Lilly and Company. Both are biosynthetic human insulin.
Humulin N, is neutral protamine hagedorn (NPH), an intermediate-acting insulin, has an onset of 1-3 hours, peak of 8 hours and duration of 12 to 16 hours.
Humulin R is Regular insulin, a short-acting insulin, has an onset of 30 to 60 minutes, a peak of 2-4 hours, and a duration of 5-8 hours. ...Read more

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Is lantis a slow release insulin if so is humilin n the same need a cheaper answer for lantis

Lantis: Lantis is a slow release Insulin injection that is administered once a day, good for 24 hours. Humulin is not the same. Humulin lasts for about 14 hours and peaks differently than lantus (insulin glargine). If you were to switch to humulin, you may need to give your self 2 injections/day to regulate your blood sugar. Let your doctor know what your wishes are and that you'd like to opt for a substitute, one that is more affordable. The change may, however, change the way you administer Insulin to yourself in terms of how many injections you need in a day, as well as the frequency for which you check your blood sugar. ...Read more

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What is insulin?

An important hormone: Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that most importantly is involved in maintaining normal blood sugar by facilitating entry of glucose into cells. Insulin production is impaired in type 1 diabetes and Insulin is given as an injectable drug; it can be used in later type 2 dm when natural Insulin levels diminish, though the role of Insulin in type 2 is much more complicated. ...Read more

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What does insulin do?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

How does insulin work?

INSULIN: Transports sugar molecules from the bloodstream to inside the cells, so they can utilize glucose for energy. ...Read more