Does Insulin Increase Blood Glucose

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8 Sneaky Things That Raise Your Blood Sugar Levels

Skipping breakfast iStock/Thinkstock Overweight women who didn’t eat breakfast had higher insulin and blood sugar levels after they ate lunch a few hours later than they did on another day when they ate breakfast, a 2013 study found. Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 21 percent higher chance of developing diabetes than those who didn’t. A morning meal—especially one that is rich in protein and healthy fat—seems to stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day. Your breakfast is not one of the many foods that raise blood sugar. Here are some other things that happen to your body when you skip breakfast. Artificial sweeteners iStock/Thinkstock They have to be better for your blood sugar than, well, sugar, right? An interesting new Israeli study suggests that artificial sweeteners can still take a negative toll and are one of the foods that raise blood sugar. When researchers gave mice artificial sweeteners, they had higher blood sugar levels than mice who drank plain water—or even water with sugar! The researchers were able to bring the animals’ blood sugar levels down by treating them with a Continue reading >>

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  1. Krystybear

    Can insulin raise blood sugar

    I have just recently been diagnosed. My morning blood sugars have always been between 5.6 - 6.0 and i was told these where too high and they should be lower than 5.3. I was started on Insulatard and that has gradually been increased to 16 units at bedtime only. Last night before bed my blood sugar was 6.1, This morning it was 6.9 ! I don't understand this at all, when i mention it to my diabetic team all they suggest is increasing by another 2 units. Surely after 16 units of insulin last night my blood sugar should have went down and not up ! I am getting so frustrated ! Is it possible the insulin is doing more harm than good ?

  2. drumming_blitz

    Definatly not. INsulin breaks down the sugar in you body and converts it in to energy. As for a small rise over night, I have been told as long as it stay within a range of two mmol throughout the day its fine. Its a known fact that you liver dumps sugar in your system over night, so that would explain you rise.

  3. Dazza1984

    Insulin is like the key to a lock in your body. It allows your cells to take in glucose. Without it the gluc stays in your blood and your body 'thinks' it is starving (one reason appetite tends to go up, yet you loose wt as a symptom of the condition)
    There is a something called the "Somogyi effect." This is a natural way for your body to react to a low blood glucose. When you get a low BG your body uses a hormone called glucagon to raise it. It involves release of sugars from your liver. This is a safety mechanism for the body; but much slower reacting than insulin release from your pancreas.
    It could be your BG dropped quite a bit during the night and your body reacted with the above; however, the over-swing is usually quite marked. Sometimes your body wakes you up during the night if your BG drops low (not always though). I would approach your diabetic team again as increasing the insulin may not be the way fwd.
    Out of interest, and tell me to bugger off it too personal, but how much do you weigh? I know in vetmed we usually aim for 1/2IU per Kg BW (acc to my endocrinologist its much the same for humans). However, this does vary with sensitivity to insulin.

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