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hospitals swab injection site with alcohol before giving insulin, so why do i not have to do it at home?

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Dr. Raymond Schneider
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Show: The alcohol really does not do much but in this county we expect it.

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How does alcohol increase the chances of hypoglycemia in diabetic patients taking insulin or other hypoglycemic agents?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
EtOH & hypoglycemia: Drinking alcohol heavily while not eating, can block your liver from releasing needed glucose into your bloodstream. This results in low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. It could be magnified in diabetic patients when their blood sugars are being driven down by hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin.

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