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Doctor insights on: Natural Food For Insulin Production

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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

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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 tell me about insulin, how can we increase production of insulin from pencreas ?

Insulin: Insulin is a protein hormone made only in beta cells in the pancreas. It's production and release from beta cells is stimulated by rising blood glucose, by the gut hormone GLP-1, by nerve traffic initiated in the CNS & peripherally, by sulfonylurea drugs, and by GLP-1 agonist drugs. Insulin mediates glucose uptake by responsive tissues and storage as glycogen in liver & muscle. Need insulin to liv ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is insulin, how can we increase production of insulin from pencreas ?

Can you tell me what is insulin, how can we increase production of insulin from pencreas ?

Depends: Hi. Insulin is a protein hormone that stimulates glucose uptake and storage of glycogen in liver and muscle, and storage of fat in adipose. If you're not diabetic, your body makes the perfect amount of insulin to keep blood sugar normal and store some energy. Type 1's can't make insulin. Type 2's can't make enough to keep blood sugar normal. Sulfonylurea drugs increase insulin secretion in type 2 ...Read more

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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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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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Is there a possible link between taking long term betablockers and diabetes due to over production of insulin and negative metabolic effects?Jay

Is there a possible link between taking long term betablockers and diabetes due to over production of insulin and  negative metabolic effects?Jay

No link: Although betablockers can inhibit the symptoms of hypoglycemia in diabetics, there are no studies that I am aware of that indicate that it contributes to higher Insulin levels or diabetes. One beta blocker (carvedilol) has studies demonstrating beneficial effects in diabetics in terms of Insulin levels and glucose control. ...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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Can liquid Vitamin D3 help with insulin production?

Can liquid Vitamin D3 help with insulin production?

Indirectly: Adequate levels of Vitamin D should be between 60 & 80 & not 30 as most labs report. So check your levels. Yes Vitamin D helps with lowering insulin resistance ...Read more

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