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What happens if you inject 25 units of air instead of insulin?

What happens if you inject 25 units of air instead of insulin?

No problem: Nothing will happen. That is a miniscule amount of air, and it goes into the subcutaneous space. Air injected directly into a vein can cause an air embolus, but even if you hit a vein, that tiny amount of air would not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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What will happen if I accidentally injected 30 units of air instead of insulin?

What will happen if I accidentally injected 30 units of air instead of insulin?

Nothing: Hi. Nothing will happen as a result of injecting 30 units of air, EXCEPT you're now 30 units short on insulin! Take your insulin! :-) ...Read more

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I am on lantus (insulin glargine) for my diabetes. The pen I use has an air bubble on it. Is it safe to use this way?

I am on lantus (insulin glargine) for my diabetes. The pen I use has an air bubble on it. Is it safe to use this way?

Yes: Should not be a problem because you are injecting just subcutaneously, and air bubble would have to deliberately injected intravenously to cause trouble. Cjglueck md. ...Read more

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Why can't insulin be taken orally instead of injection?

Insulin: The problem with oral Insulin is the acid and enzymes in the stomach break it down into fragments making it useless. There is work currently being done to find an Insulin formulation that will survive this environment. ...Read more

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What insulin can be used instead of mix start that can equivalent to it and with no need to chage the dose?

None: If you are using a fixed dose Insulin (split) and switch to something else then you will need different doses (and the dose may change). ...Read more

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Can novolog be used instead of novolin (insulin) n?

Can novolog be used instead of novolin (insulin) n?

No: Novolog is a short acting, however Novolin (insulin) N is Intermediate acting. ...Read more

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Why do we use isophane insulin instead of insulin?

Why do we use isophane insulin instead of insulin?

Rarely nowadays: B"sd In fact, most endocrinologists rarely prescribe it (brand name Humulin N) - in fact it is a recombinant human insulin made in bacteria. Mostly, we now use longer acting modified insulins replacing NPH. We also rarely use regular human insulin for rapid action since there are 3 modified (analoges) that have a quicker onset and and shorter duration to better cover meals. But NPH is cheaper. ...Read more

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Diabetic not eating normal insulin 16unit 3 daily should I adjust n how much?

See below: Yes, most likely you will need to adjust but this is impossible to determine without blood sugar logs, your history of Insulin dosing, and any other meds (including diabetes meds) that you are taking. You should discuss this with your doctor who knows you and your history well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

Humulin: Humulin is the marketed name by Eli Lilly and Company. Both are biosynthetic human insulin.
Humulin N, is neutral protamine hagedorn (NPH), an intermediate-acting insulin, has an onset of 1-3 hours, peak of 8 hours and duration of 12 to 16 hours.
Humulin R is Regular insulin, a short-acting insulin, has an onset of 30 to 60 minutes, a peak of 2-4 hours, and a duration of 5-8 hours. ...Read more

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Is lantis a slow release insulin if so is humilin n the same need a cheaper answer for lantis

Is lantis a slow release insulin if so is humilin n the same need a cheaper answer for lantis

Lantis: Lantis is a slow release Insulin injection that is administered once a day, good for 24 hours. Humulin is not the same. Humulin lasts for about 14 hours and peaks differently than lantus (insulin glargine). If you were to switch to humulin, you may need to give your self 2 injections/day to regulate your blood sugar. Let your doctor know what your wishes are and that you'd like to opt for a substitute, one that is more affordable. The change may, however, change the way you administer Insulin to yourself in terms of how many injections you need in a day, as well as the frequency for which you check your blood sugar. ...Read more

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What is insulin?

An important hormone: Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that most importantly is involved in maintaining normal blood sugar by facilitating entry of glucose into cells. Insulin production is impaired in type 1 diabetes and Insulin is given as an injectable drug; it can be used in later type 2 dm when natural Insulin levels diminish, though the role of Insulin in type 2 is much more complicated. ...Read more

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What does insulin do?

What does insulin do?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

How does insulin work?

INSULIN: Transports sugar molecules from the bloodstream to inside the cells, so they can utilize glucose for energy. ...Read more

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Are all insulin's the same?

Insulin?: PAguilar ~ NO! They are definitively ALL different and have widely differing time of onset and duration of action. INSULIN MUST ONLY BE PRESCRIBED BY A QUALIFIED MD! If used incorrectly it can cause death. Thanks ...Read more

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When should insulin be held?

When should insulin be held?

Hold insulin: Hold Insulin with signs of hypogycemia like sweating, tready puls
e, nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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What is the insulin response?

Diet, nutrition: When we consume too many high glycemic foods too much Insulin is released into the blood stream. This eventually leads to Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and weight gain. The type 2 diabetes epidemic is a direct result of this. Most people do not understand that diet foods and drinks and sugar free products are loaded with artificial sweeteners which are much more of a problem! ...Read more

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What is a good insulin meter?

Insulin meter: I presume you mean a blood sugar meter. If that is correct there are many brands of blood glucose meter, most being available at your pharmacy.
If you have diabetes your doctor should have given you some ideas of which blood glucose meter to use.

Do you indeed have diabetes? If so you should have been using a glucose meter by now. What am I missing? ...Read more

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What is a good insulin meter?

What is a good insulin meter?

Any major meter: Hi. All commercial meters have to pass muster with the FDA. I don't think we're supposed to give product endorsements on here, but suffice it to say all the major players are very good. Good luck, and control your diabetes tightly for life! ...Read more

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How do you give insulin shots?

Insulin shot: Hi, if you have been started on Insulin, your doctor has to show you how, it's not possible to demonstrate that on line, you need to be taught by a nurse or MD. ...Read more

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When will my body make insulin?

When will my body make insulin?

All the time: Providing you are healthy and do not have type 1 diabetes, your body is constantly making Insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is made in the beta cells of the pancreas. There is a constant, slow release of Insulin all the time. The pancreas also releases additonal Insulin rapidly after we eat in response to increasing blood glucose levels. ...Read more

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What can I do about high insulin?

Insulin resistance: Many people are Insulin resistant. That means you have to make more Insulin to keep blood glucose normal. The most common cause is obesity/overweight and sedentary lifestyle. Genetic predisposition. Medications and medical conditions can contribute. So the solution is to fix the problem: diet and exercise. I actually do not measure insulin, since it will not change what I would do anyway. ...Read more

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Should insulin be taken before food?

Should insulin be taken before food?

Depends: Rapid acting insulins such a humalog/novolog should be taken 15 minutes or less before food. Regular insulin, which hopefully not many people are still using, should be taken about 30 minutes before food. Basal Insulin such as Lantus (insulin glargine) should be taken at the same time of day each day, but has no relationship to food. ...Read more

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Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Injections: Certainly, but so can you, your husband, your family.
I started giving my dear departed mother insulin injections daily beginning at age 8. Took some time to get used to but soon OK.
FYI, in those days we checked blood sugar levels in the urine and the different colors had no effect on the dose.
Not pleasant to do but turned out OK for me and Mum. ...Read more

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