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Foods That Contain Insulin
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
Vegetables: Nonstarchy vegetable, lean meat like fish and poultry that is baked, broiled or grilled, not fried. ...Read more
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
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
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
How do you adjust your insulin if you suddenly lose access to real food, and start eating earthquake survival food?
Husband is type 1 diabetic. He stores his opened insulin in the refrigerator. Can the insulin get into foods stored near it?
What to do if I'm a diabetic patient. I use to take insulin injection daily my problem is that every day after food my g?
Clarify please: May wish to re-ask. Your question was cut off. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
A1c 5.2, CPeptide 1.5, Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL, Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose 87.16. Fasting was 79. Was told to start Metformin...why? Do these numbers mean I am diabetic? Afraid to eat certain foods now.
Will whey protein shakes spike insulin? In other words should pre-diabetics/diabetics be careful with whey protein? Or is it a "safe" food?
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
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
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
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
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
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