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How does meal timing interact with my medication or insulin?

Eating regular, balanced meals helps to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes. If you take insulin or certain types of diabetes medications, you may need to time your meals around your dosages. For example, rapid-acting insulin should be taken shortly before or after meals, as it works to control the blood sugar rise that occurs after you eat. Long-acting insulin, on the other hand, works to control your blood sugar levels throughout the day and night, regardless of when you eat. Each person's situation can be different, so it's important to discuss your meal and medication timing with your healthcare provider to develop an individualized plan.


  1. Mayo Clinic. (2020). "Insulin and weight gain: Keep the pounds off."

  2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2016). "Types of Insulin."

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