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Natural Food For Insulin Production
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
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
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
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?
How do you adjust your insulin if you suddenly lose access to real food, and start eating earthquake survival food?
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