Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Potatoes can interfere with blood sugar levels and insulin dosage may require adjustment.1
• Alcohol my increase the effects of insulin and it's use should be limited.2
• Avoid magnesium and vitamin E supplements together with insulin due to possible increased effects.3
• Alfalfa, aloe, burdock, bitter melon, celery, damiana, eucalyptus, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, ginseng (Panax), gymnema, juniper, marshmallow, myrrh, nettle, tansy and sage all affect blood sugar levels. These herbs should be used with caution concurrently with humalog. Consult a pharmacist before use.4
• Smoking hinders the activity of insulin. Avoid tobacco with insulin.5
• Psyllium seed fiber may affect insulin dosage levels. Discuss fiber supplementation with your pharmacist or physician. Always take fiber supplements separately from medications and other nutritional supplements.6
References1 The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Co., 2000.
1 Gannon MC, et al. Diabetes Care 1993;16:874.
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Paolisso G, D'Amore A, Giugliano D, et al. Pharmacologic doses of vitamin E improve insulin action in healthy subjects and non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients. Am J Clin Nutr 57:650-656, 1993.
3 McBain AM, Brown IR, Menzies DG, Campbell IW. Effects of improved glycaemic control on calcium and magnesium homeostasis in type II diabetes. J Clin Pathol 1988;41:933-35.
3 Ceriello A, Giugliano D, Quatraro A, Donzella C, Dipalo G, Lefebvre PJ. Vitamin E reduction of protein glycosylation in diabetes. New prospect for prevention of diabetic complications? Diabetes Care. 1991 Jan;14(1):68-72.
4 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
4 Shanmugasundaram ER, Rajeswari G, Baskaran K, et al. Use of Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract in the control of blood glucose in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. J Ethnopharmacol 1990;30:281-94.
4 Neef H, et al. Inhibitory effects of Galega officinalis on glucose transport across monolayers of human intestinal epithelial cells (Caco-2). Pharm Pharmacol Lett 1996;6(2):86-89.
4 Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Sudhakar Rao N. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type 1 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr 1990;44:301-6.
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
6 Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
6 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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