After injecting insulin, diabetic patients can immediately eat

Feb 2, 13 • DiabetesComments OffRead More »

People who have type-2 diabetes are usually asked to wait a while to eat after an insulin injection. This is so patient waits for the insulin to work in the body first before eating food. However, a recent study from Germany showed that patients do not need to wait.

A research conducted in 100 patients with diabetes found that blood Guila remained stable despite diabetes patients do not wait until 20-30 minutes after using insulin. Patients with diabetes can eat immediately after the injection of insulin.

“These results are very promising and will provide ease and diabetes is likely to be more satisfied when eating,” said Dr. Aaron Cypess of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, as reported by NBC News.

Insulin injections is used in diabetic patients because it can deliver faster and easier treatment. But because the injections are expensive and most still use human insulin, insulin type takes time to be active in the human body. So a doctor may ask the patient to wait before eating so that it does not increase blood sugar.

The study,  showed that patients should not wait. For four weeks, the researchers conducted experiments on 49 patients with diabetes who were asked to wait 20 minutes before eating and 48 people with diabetes who ate immediately after the injection of insulin.

As a result, the researchers found no increase in blood sugar levels in patients who ate immediately after getting injections of insulin. The difference in blood sugar levels  found in the research on two groups was 0.08 percent maximum

Even so, the researchers found that it takes time for patients with diabetes to get used to eating immediately after getting insulin injections. There’s also a good idea to consult the patient’s physician before changing this habit.

Researchers also caution that the study was conducted in patients with type-2 diabetes. Thus, the possible outcomes of this study may still be applied to patients with type 1 diabetes.


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