Many of us think that using insulin before it’s necessary will help to “rest” our beta cells so they’ll last longer.
But now comes a research paper showing that excess insulin actually causes diabetes in nondiabetic mice fed a chow diet. The chow diet is the normal diet given to mice unless you want to fatten them up and give them diabetes, in which case you feed them a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.
The high insulin levels were caused by injecting these normal mice with insulin glargine (Lantus). This injected insulin did not seem to cause hypoglycemia, although the researchers measured only fasting blood glucose (BG) levels and watched for signs of severe hypoglycemia.
The injected insulin did cause insulin resistance, as might be expected as it’s common for mammals to develop resistance to hormones whose levels are high. Most of the increased insulin resistance was in the liver. But instead of “resting” the beta cell...
Everybody does it...or at least that's what I told myself. I'd gotten away with doing it for several months: purposefully letting my blood sugars run high because I hate having lows . I'd developed this bad habit one year ago, during a summer where I was filling all of my free time with mile-long runs to the gym where I'd spend at least an hour weight lifting, taking yoga classes three times a week and jiu-jitsu classes twice a week. That all sounds dandy for a healthy diabetic, but the problem was that I was trying so hard to never go low that I was far too often running a regular 200+ blood sugar. We all know a low blood sugar in the middle of a run or a jiu-jitsu class basically puts a big RED LIGHT on the activity. My other issue was that jiu-jitsu classes were so intense that I was worried I wouldn't be able to feel the low blood sugar symptoms until it was too late, so I compensated in the most unhealthily way: a decent-sized bowl ...
Generic Name: INSULIN ASPART PROTAMINE/INSULIN ASPART -
INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin AS-part PRO-tah-meen/ IN-sue-lin AS-part) Insulin Asp Prt-Insulin Aspart SubQ Interactions
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