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A 49-year-old member asked:

Do i need insulin when my blood sugar levels are normal?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 54 years experience
Yes: The reason your blood sugars are normal is because of the insulin. Stopping it will cause your diabetes to be uncontrolled and pose a serious threat to your health.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can blood sugar level rise after introducing insulin?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 43 years experience
No: Insulin specifically lowers blood sugar. The only other thing to do that is physical activity. Your diabetes may worsen over time, or your weight may increase -- both of which can lead to higher blood sugars.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if i need to increase my blood sugar level without insulin, any easy suggestions?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
43 years experience
Why?: I am not sure where Insulin is involved in your question. Insulin decreases sugars. Your body naturally regulates your blood sugar level. There is no reason to try to increase it. If you think you have hypoglycemia, you need to be checked to see if your sugar is truly low, or whether you just have symptoms that could seem like a low sugar. True hypoglycemia is extremely rare.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please describe the normal blood sugar level?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Blood sugar: Mean level is 5.5mmol/l or 100mg./dl. , although it fluctuates during the day where it rises after meals. The normal fasting level is 70-100 mg./dl. If not fasting, the level should not exceed 125 mg./dl. For diabetics, the level should be 70-130 fasting, or less than 180 after meals.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How is your insulin related to your blood sugar?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Insulin lowers it: Insulin is essential for the uptake of glucose by cells from the blood. Insulin drives glucose into cells and lowers blood glucose.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What blood sugar reading do diabetics need to go on to insulin?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
No absolute value: Hi. That's an overly simplistic question. I must assume (hate to do that) that we're talking type 2 here. It depends on what other diabetes medications the patient is on. Often other non-insulin meds can be used before insulin. Nothing is more effective than insulin at bringing sugar down, but other drugs may be perfectly adequate without the risk of hypoglycemia that comes with insulin. Good luck
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