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More Evidence That A High-fiber Diet Can Curb Type 2 Diabetes

People who ate more than 26 grams of fiber a day had an 18 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate 19 grams a day or less Fiber may benefit diabetes by altering hormonal signals, slowing down nutrient absorption or altering fermentation in the large intestine, along with promoting feelings of satiety and weight loss The majority of your fiber should come from vegetables, not grains By Dr. Mercola In the US, nearly 80 million people, or one in four has some form of diabetes or pre-diabetes. One in two people with diabetes do not know they have it,1 which increases the odds of developing complications, which can be deadly. Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best strategies to prevent, and treat, type 2 diabetes, and even more specifically, eating a high-fiber diet is emerging as a key strategy you can use to lower your risk. More Than 26 Grams of Fiber a Day May Lower Your Diabetes Risk US dietary guidelines call for adults to consume 20-30 grams of fiber per day. I believe an ideal amount for most adults is around 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. Most people, however, get only half that, or less. In a recent study conducted by researchers at t Continue reading >>

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  1. Paulmidi

    Are you supposed to take Humalog before or after a meal?
    How long before or after do you take it?
    If BG spikes to lets say 250 is a shot of Humalog the only way to get it back down to a somewhat normal range?
    Does this drug cause persperation?
    Last week was my first week on it and I used an intire pen. Abourt 600 units is that normal? am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks
    Could you please move this to Type 2 ?
    [This topic was originally posted in the Type 1 forum and has been moved here because the author says he has type 2.- Forum Moderator 1]

  2. mollythed

    The idea with taking insulin is to give it just a little time before you eat to begin spreading out of the area where you injected and into your blood. Usually, about ten or fifteen minutes before eating is about right. If you take it later, it will still work to lower blood glucose, but the new glucose in the food you are eating may make it to your blood sooner and keep ahead of the insulin. It will move just as much glucose out of your blood, but in the long run, it may just still be working after the food carbs are gone, but switching its focus to between meal glucose your liver provides.
    There are always multiple ways to reduce blood glucose, and exercise is one of them. Some people purposely exercise after meals to lower blood glucose to minimize their need for insulin, whether than means injected insulin or the stuff they make for themselves in the pancreas.
    You can't quite blame the insulin for excess perspiration. That is more likely caused by blood glucose too high or too low, especially if your body increases blood glucose levels by sending out extra glucose.
    Lots of people would be uncomfortable with the idea of calling insulin a drug. Humalog is an almost perfect replica of the kind of insulinn we are supposed to be making for ourselves. In that way, it's a natural substance that supplements what we can't provide by ourselves, sort of like taking extra vitamin D because we don't get enough sunshine to make our own.

  3. t1wayne

    Paulmidi - humalog is an insulin, NOT a drug. It is a rapid-acting insulin that begins working within 15 to 30 minutes of injection (each of us must learn for ourselves how fast it works), peaks at 30 to 90 minutes, and lasts from 3 to 5 hours. Depending on your personal rate of uptake, the idea is to inject it as far in advance of the meal that it is beginning to work as you are beginning to eat... so if you have no experience with it, start with a dose at 10 minutes before mealtime, and test immediately before, during, and 30, 60 and 90 minutes after - to learn its action times in your system.
    As a T2, your resistance to insulin is likely the reason you needed so much. Through using it, you can learn your I:C ratio - your Insulin to Carbohydrate ratio... which is a ratio that tells you how much insulin to take before a meal to "cover" the carbs you're about to eat. When your BG is too high (like 250 spike you described), a shot of humalog can help get it down... BUT.. be careful; you don't want to start "stacking" insulin. This is a reference to taking a new dose when the old one is still working, creating an overlap.
    I suggest you get the book Think Like A Pancreas, by Gary Scheiner, CDE. It's an excellent guide to using insulin (whether T1 or T2) to manage BG. Another good reference is Using Insulin by John Walsh. You absolutely need to learn and understand how to use insulin in order to avoid severe hypos and hypers (BG lows and highs).
    As Molly noted, exercise is a key component of BG control, along with carb restriction in the diet for T2's. T1's don't experience the severe insulin resistance that is the underlying cause of T2, so we use much less (typically) than a T2 of the same size and activity level. But exercise improves cellular receptivity to insulin in the first place... so be sure to get in regular activity.
    Good luck!
    w.

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