January 15, 2000
Question from San Francisco, California, USA:
I was told that if you put insulin on your food you can eat anything you want. Is this true?
False. Putting insulin on your food has very little effect on blood sugars and has no place in the treatment of diabetes.
Additional comments from Lois Schmidt Finney, diabetes dietitian:
Insulin can not be absorbed by the gut, which is why we can not give it orally. It must be given subcutaneously (or, rarely, directly into a vein).