9 Factors That Affect How Insulin Works

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What are you eating?

Food won’t change the rate at which insulin is absorbed into the blood, but it does affect your blood sugar in general.

Fatty foods are absorbed slowly, and your insulin may start to wear off before the food is absorbed.

Carbohydrate-rich foods like white rice or white bread that have a higher glycemic index are absorbed faster and may affect your blood sugar more quickly.

Like everyone else, people with diabetes should eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snacks in between, says Tobin. "It’s just a little trickier for people with diabetes. Consistency of protein and carbohydrates and the timing of foods are important."

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