What affects your insulin absorbtion. (ADA)

Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2011-12-20 06:45:25 -0600
Started 2011-03-29 13:16:19 -0500


About dehydration.
Insulin absorbtion is affected by the amount of water in your body. If you get dehydrated because of an illness or blood glucose that stays high for a long time, the insulin you inject under your skin will be poorly absorbed. When you get rehydrated, the insulin starts to be absorbed. Your blood glucose may come down rapidly even though you haven't taken extra insulin. Therefore, poor diabetes control which leads to cycles of dehydration and rehydration can cause large variations of insulin absorbtion and "brittle diabetes."
I found this interesting, hope you do also.

JB, still here!

23 replies

Pete of Maine
Pete of Maine 2011-04-19 08:57:40 -0500 Report

Jayabee52, My comments are to get everyone to understand that by not buying overpriced groceries (especially organic) we, as a group can force the cost down. Apparently, many americans don't realize that organic foods are actually cheaper to produce, period. You seem upset that my comments are an insult to those afflicted with diabetes: but that isn't the point at all. Many Type II diabetics have become that way do to what they have eaten during their entire lives. The greatest concerns that all americans can have now; isn't how we can manage our present conditions- but how we get the younger generations to stop eating junk. That was the point of any discussion which should be had, now. Sorry if I ruffled your feathers, because it was not intended. Many older people are still in the dark about the control of diabetes and have been convinced that it will cost more to eat well. The old ideas are being disproven on a regular basis. The comments I started are to acknowledge that we have to do things better in all ways. Not everyone with this disease got it from eating badly; it just happens to be the largest part of the newest increase in the population of newly found numbers of diabetics. Note: even insulin has increased in price 300%, do you think that is becuase it is harder to produce???

jayabee52 2011-12-20 06:45:25 -0600 Report

It has been a while Pete and I don't remember exactly as to what you may be feeling. I do have strong opinions and often express them.

I do not recall you "ruffling my feathers". In fact we are in general agreement about the need to do better in all ways. I am a father to 3 sons and they are out of the "nest". 2 of the 3 have established households of their own, so my input in their lives is mainly by example and if asked I can and do give them advice. I don't like to meddle in their lives.

As a single (again) man I find I can manage my food budget fairly well. I don't eat fancy.

Insulin rising 300% may be understood in terms of the market. More People with diabetes needing insulin = greater demand = higher cost. I am not justifying it, but those are the market forces which drive up prices.

I have done my part in trying to lower the cost. I have stopped using insulin or other diabetes Rxs. I do it through strict control of my intakes and it is working well for me.

BandonBob 2011-04-18 10:37:10 -0500 Report

I didn't really connect things till seeing this article. I know that if I don't keep hydrated during and immediately after my 5 miles on my bike each day my BG level plunges. Thanks for sharing.

Pete of Maine
Pete of Maine 2011-04-18 08:13:20 -0500 Report

I have read many of the comments on thsi site; and one very important thing is being missed by many in the medical field. Eating right and getting exercise are always essential to finding good control. Nothing, be it a new insulin or a new pill can substitute for good living. The fact that the US has stopped making pork/beef insulins is also driving up the cost of care for us all. If there are so many diabetics now- doesn't it follow that amercians are eating horrible food. Well, it true, most evrything in your local grocery store has chemicals and cornsugars injected into it. The increase in diabetic disease is solely due to the food servcise and production industry. Please, type II, take note- you are what you eat.

jayabee52 2011-04-18 14:26:34 -0500 Report

Howdy Pete, welcome to DC.

If you've read many of the comments on this site you'll have noted that while your point may be missed by many in the medical field, it has not been missed by many of us who are out here "walking the walk" or fighting the battle of diabetes control (at least with the ones here on DC with whom I've been in contact).

Most of us who are regulars of both types of Diabetes here know that we need to eat right, avoid processed foods as much as possible. There are plenty of foods in the groc. stores which are not adulterated with chemicals or HFCs. Look at the vegetable asiles and the meat counters. There are things there which are not convience foods which are good, wholesome foods. That has not been lost on many of us —- of any type of diabetes.

Blessings to you and yours


dietcherry 2011-04-18 15:08:03 -0500 Report

There are growth hormones and antibiotics in our meat supply and gawd knows what else; they spray our fruits and vegetables with chemicals to keep the bugs and crop disease away. The food thats not treated with stuff is awful expensive-I cant afford it! Fact is, we dont know what we're eating!!!!

jayabee52 2011-04-18 15:31:52 -0500 Report

I understand your point, Renee my friend. At this point I might as well stop eating altogether?

But if I cannot afford to buy organic (and there's been charges that that organic designation has been misused) and am not equipped to grow my own, then I have to do the best I can with what I have.

The best I can is to not buy pre-fab conveience foods. And go with just the basic cuts of meat, and basic veggies and fruits. With the veggies and fruits I can do due dilligence and thoroughly wash them to remove any pesticide residue.

It is either that or go back to the farm (for me) and starve until I can get a garden put in and a crop grown. Then I can eat with confidence that my food is not contaminated (unless there's overspray from the field next door) and then preserve my harvest to feed me through the winter. And then I could organically raise some chickens, pigs, beef, for my meat.

I've been there, growing up on the farm and that's A LOT of work! I would love for things to be different. But we gotta do what we can do with the situation which we are in. For me right now that means I have to make the best possible choices in the grocery store. I am not perfect, so it's the best I can do.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-12-19 23:08:22 -0600 Report

So true, just spend more time in the produce isle. Wash everything as best you can and be a little creative in the kitchen. My parents were fruit and veggie farmers so that is what I was raised on. My family had friends and neighbors that were dairy farmers and also farmers that raised beef, pork & chicken and they all traded and went to the same markets so we all ate to support the other farmers as well. We all ate much healthier as back then people did not eat out at restaurants and there was so little in processed foods. There were no fast food restaurants "back in the day" and families did get so involved in technology, but had quality time with family at the dinner table or working together. Farmers were too busy farming to go out and eat anyway. I still believe that your environment and how you are raised has much to influence our habits and choices. Too, we are so much more educated on what makes our bodies work better. I don't remember anytime when my family drank alcohol or took any meds either. My dad did have arthritis and lived to the age of 97 and my mom died of an anyrism at 73 and did have HBP. My siblings have arthritis and have already passed my mother's age and I am the only one in my family with diabetes and arthritis. My mother had symptoms that were ignored by her physician due to there not being the technology back then that there is today. I am a believer in fresh fruits and veggies and I eat them daily at every meal. We ate them in the field right off the vine without washing and managed to survive.

dietcherry 2011-04-18 16:25:24 -0500 Report

James my statement wasnt an indictment of you or your post; quite the contrary. We expect our food supply to be held to the utmost standards, and its not, but if kept within the guidelines of the FDA, then it is approved for consumption. My grandfather was a farmer so I know a bit about the industry. Pesticides and fungicides absorb into the ground and up the root systems so washing the plant only removes the exterior chemicals, and is still highly recommended. Animals for slaughter are injected with all kinds of junk to stimulate growth and combat disease. We dont have a choice but to eat what is provided, unless in a postion to grow our own. The majority of us are not. Organic is a step up but expensive, as we all know. Not all processed or "pre-fab" foods contain preservatives and/or artificial ingredients however they all start in the same place: a field on a farm.

nanaellen 2011-04-05 02:24:49 -0500 Report

See THIS is why I LOVE this site!! Learn something new every day!! I'm sorry I had such a lousy start!! Apologies again Kevin! ;) Thanks for understanding!!

pixsidust 2011-04-04 23:17:44 -0500 Report

I am not taking insulin at this but I am on Metformin. I think we need to hydrate properly for all medication. Thanks for sharing this. You are pretty smart, you know!

lisa627 2011-04-18 05:57:14 -0500 Report

I'm not on insulin either but everytime my ms gets me down n get hospitalized n da steroid treatment day put me on makes my sugars get out of whack like at dis moment day just check it n wow its 395 so insulin it is wit my metformin. Sheesh!!!!!!! Da ms it gets me dehydrated n very sick I pray to god this hosp I'm at now helps me out n get me on treatment cuz I cnt afford these hosp bills. (Shit, excuse my language.)

northerngal 2011-04-04 12:47:42 -0500 Report

There are far too many other variables affecting bs too. I'm sure dehydration would do so, but so many other factors come into the picture every day that they'll never narrow it to just one or two factors. Just the most likely.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-31 09:31:27 -0500 Report

When I was working at the assisted living home dehydration was a constant worry. I didn't know about this fctor then. Several of our residents had diabetes and control wasn't good sometimes. This could have explained some of the problems.

jayabee52 2011-03-29 14:35:15 -0500 Report


Not so much for me, because I'm pretty stable constitutionally, but my bride "Jem" had brittle diabetes and was on razor's edge between being too "wet" and too "dry", especially toward the end of her life. It could even go towards explaining the suddenness of her passing. She was very "brittle" as far as her diabetes and the water in her lungs and around her heart.

vgarrison 2011-03-29 14:02:05 -0500 Report

Hey JB,
Where did you find this info?? I'm very interested in it and I would love to learn more!!

Blessed Be

Johnben or JB.
Johnben or JB. 2011-03-29 15:04:00 -0500 Report

I have kept and destroyed ADA magazines over time and just saw this (torn out pages) going back to Jan '95. The truth never changes with the time.

To Vicky from JB.

jayabee52 2011-03-29 14:37:06 -0500 Report

Perhaps it was from the ADA website Vicki. In both his title and his sub title "ADA" occurred in both