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Should You Wait to Eat After Injections?

Hungry? A study found that it's OK for people with type 2 diabetes to eat right after a mealtime injection of human insulin. People with diabetes are often told they should eat 20 to 30 minutes after injecting human insulin at meals to give the medication time to kick in. Researchers tested the wisdom of waiting by comparing blood glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes who ate immediately after an insulin injection with the levels of those who took a shot and then waited 20 minutes to eat. At the end of a three-month period, no significant differences were found in blood glucose levels or the risk of hypoglycemia. Check with your provider before making changes to your routine.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Jan. 22, 2013



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