How Long Do You Have To Wait To Eat After Taking Insulin?

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Why do I need to take insulin? When you digest food, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). Insulin allows this glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it properly, so the glucose builds up in your blood instead of moving into the cells. Too much glucose in the blood can lead to serious health problems. All people who have type 1 diabetes and some people who have type 2 diabetes need to take insulin to help control their blood sugar levels. The goal of taking insulin is to keep your blood sugar level in a normal range as much as possible so you’ll stay healthy. Insulin can’t be taken by mouth. It is usually taken with injections (shots). It can also be taken with an insulin pen or an insulin pump. How often will I need to take insulin? You and your doctor will develop a schedule that is right for you. Most people who have diabetes and take insulin need at least 2 insulin shots a day for good blood sugar control. Some people need 3 or 4 shots a day. Do I need to monitor my blood sugar level? Yes. Monitoring and controlling your blood sugar Continue reading >>

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  1. MultiBoB

    How long after an insulin shot do you eat?

    My mom and I go to different doctors..
    Mine says you need to eat within 15 mins after shots, and hers says to wait for 1/2 hr.. who is correct?
    Oh and I inject in my abdomen and she mostly injects in her thigh

  2. furball64801

    Well just like you and your mom both were given different ideas. Are you both on the same exact insulins, same units per meal. How many carbs per meal does she and you eat. How much weight are you both, all these and other factors play into it, most eat within 15 minutes because the insulin will start to work and you want to avoid lows. If she hasnt experienced lots of lows then 30 minutes might be just right for her and yours at 15 the same if it works dont break it.

  3. MultiBoB

    Actually my doc implied that everyone should eat within 15 minutes..
    But I guess it is a difficult question to answer.. What if I am eating something with spinach in it for e.g. and it takes me 45 minutes to finish that vile stuff? Would the insulin still be in my system when I finish, will stuff still be broken down? Who knows?
    Like you said tho, as long as it seems to be working, it should be fine

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