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What would you do to help a friend with diabetes who had inadvertently taken an overdose of insulin?

What would you do to help a friend with diabetes who had inadvertently taken an overdose of insulin?

Diabetes: You first call 911. Then basic CPR guidelines. Sometimes diabetic patients will have a special solution of sugar, but unless they told you where that may be or instructed you on how to use it, then this would be for naught. Stay with the friend until the medics arrive to keep your friend safe. Of course, this is one scenario and other physicians may review other scenarios on healthtap. ...Read more

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If your friend inadvertently took an overdose of insulin, how would you help him out?

If your friend inadvertently took an overdose of insulin, how would you help him out?

Watch for lows: Make sure he has food and drink available. Keep an eye on his blood sugars. Know how to give glucagon if he is unable to eat. ...Read more

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My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

Serious injury: The brain relies on glucose for metabolism and developing a coma as a result of an Insulin overdose is very serious. Their recovery will depend on how long glucose was low and other factors including the presence of prior vascular disease in the brain. There could definitely be long term impairment as a result. ...Read more

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My friend just started taking insulin. It makes her feel better. But she sleeps all the time now. Why?

My friend just started taking insulin. It makes her feel better. But she sleeps all the time now. Why?

Insulin and sleep: Suspect she may be obese and may have sleep apnea. So as she does not get good sleep she sleeps during the day. Does she snore? ...Read more

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My friend claims that she has insulin that is cloudy and jelly like, is it possible that it froze, what is that?

My friend claims that she has insulin that is cloudy and jelly like, is it possible that it froze, what is that?

Insulin: Insulin is a protein, and like egg white and other proteins, it can "cook", "freeze" or otherwise go bad. If it does not look right, and especially if it is not working to lower glucose, take it back to your pharmacy and get a replacement. ...Read more

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Almost 24hrs since my friend took the insulin 70units and non diabetic. Not getting shaky and dizzy and ssleepy?

Almost 24hrs since my friend took the insulin 70units and non diabetic. Not getting shaky and dizzy and ssleepy?

Many Possibilities: Typically daily internal output, slender healthy adult, ~35-45 units/day, 70 higher but not that high. If person had ↑ed glucose (despite not recognized, common), ate enough &/or able to crank up internal glucose production fast/well enough (i.e. Fairly healthy), then no symptoms even if fully injected & absorbed. In healthy people, typically 50-60% glucose internal production. Type insulin, etc. ...Read more

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A friend is diabetic & is on meds for years. His cretanine level has gone up. Is it better if he takes insulin than oral meds to keep sugar controlled.

A friend is diabetic & is on meds for years. His cretanine level has gone up. Is it better if he takes insulin than oral meds to keep sugar controlled.

Depends: Hi. That depends on how high the creatinine went up to. Metformin should be stopped if creatinine goes up much because risk of a serious side effect goes up. Some sulfonylureas can accumulate if creatine goes up much. Insulin tends to accumulate in renal insufficiency too, but dose can be micro-adjusted if necessary. Your fried should talk with his/her doc and maybe see a kidney doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

Continuous insulin: The pump keeps a constant basal level of Insulin in the blood at all times. The person can also dial in a bolus dose at meal times to cover rises in blood sugar with eating. A good description of the pump can be found here http://www. Medtronic. Com/for-healthcare-professionals/products-therapies/diabetes/therapies/insulin-pump-therapy/index. Htm. ...Read more

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I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He doesn't have to have insulin but need to eat healthy with high carbs. Can you please give me a website or some information on how to take care of this? He has been exercising and watching what he

I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He doesn't have to have insulin but need to eat healthy with high carbs. Can you please give me a website or some information on how to take care of this? He has been exercising and watching what he

Thank: Thank you for your question. I would suggest you look at the website for the american diabetes association, www. Diabetes. Org. This site will provide a wealth of information for you and your friend. As you may know, type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body develops a resistance to insulin. As a result, the body has to make more and more Insulin to process glucose properly. The excess in glucose and Insulin eventually has several bad effects on the body, and can result in heart disease, vascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease and nerve problems. A diabetic diet is low in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars. By following a diabetic diet, and losing weight if one is overweight, some people can treat and even cure their diabetes without medicines. ...Read more

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A friend is doing stem cell transplant. Was told will inject some to body & some to pancreas. Doing for diabetes though not in insulin. Is it safe. Help?

A friend is doing stem cell transplant. Was told will inject some to body & some to pancreas. Doing for diabetes though not in insulin. Is it safe. Help?

No: As I mentioned earlier, stem cell treatment is not an approved therapy for diabetes. Your friend is being taken for a ride, she will be rid of her money but not diabetes, and may suffer additional damage to her health. ...Read more

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How painful is an insulin overdosed death?

How painful is an insulin overdosed death?

Not very, but...: Insulin shock was once a psych treatment that patients described as heavenly; muff your attempt & it's brain damage. If you are considering suicide, please talk with a few wise people first. Since I enjoy good health, I have no right to preach, but if the vast majority of people who have considered taking their lives, even if they are moderately disabled, have been glad afterwards that they failed. ...Read more

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What's it like to diet using insulin and how do you avoid overdose?

What's it like to diet using insulin and how do you avoid overdose?

Diabetes educators: Please discuss this with a certified diabetes educator or your doctor. Oftentimes, Insulin is prescribed based on patient weight, regimented diet or a patient may be given a sliding scale, or an insulin/carbohydrate ratio if taking short acting insulin. Your diabetes specialist will know how to adjust Insulin doses for dietary/exercise changes to help avoid hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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I heard that overdosing on insulin is a pretty painless way to die?

Who knows? ..: I think the more urgent question is why are you concerned about ways of dying? If you have homicidal or suicidal urges you should not act on them and seek emergent psychiatric help.
Only someone who has experienced a death from hypoglycemic coma can answer your question - a rather unlikely source of information in this life.. ...Read more

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Could an insulin overdose be detected?

Could an insulin overdose be detected?

Yes: They can test for a level which shows if the Insulin is the persons own or from an outside source. ...Read more

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What are the tests for insulin overdose?

What are the tests for insulin overdose?

Blood tests: If blood levels of Insulin are high but levels of c-peptide are not, that indicated exogenous administration of insulin. ...Read more

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I'm curious what occurs during an insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: Insulin drops your blood sugar by escorting sugar into your cells. Too much Insulin drops your sugar too much. This will affect your brain, your liver, your whole body. ...Read more

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What are the permanent effects of insulin overdose?

Temporary low: Insulin overdoses may cause severe hypoglycemia which would deprive the brain of glucose. If caught in time, administering glucose, glucagon, or simply eating (if conscious) would solve the problem. Death by Insulin overdose is fortunately, not too common. ...Read more

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What's considered to be an insulin overdose for a non-diabetic?

Any insulin.: Any injection of Insulin into a non diabetic is technically an overdose. The symptoms of overdose are the same in diabetics and non diabetics - tremor, sweating, rapid heart rate, hunger, and if untreated - neurologic sx including seizure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for insulin overdose?

What is the treatment for insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: Your blood sugar will drop so you need to eat to bring bs up. Other treatment option is IV water with sugar in it. Lastly, there is a hormone called glucagon that you can inject to counteract Insulin and bring blood sugar up. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

Too much insulin: This is when too much Insulin was used which can lead to low blood sugar. The treatment is to give back glucose to prevent low blood sugar. Depending on which Insulin was used, it might take a little or a lot of keep your blood sugar from dropping. You might need oral glucose and in severe cases, you might need IV glucose. Call your doctor who knows you best for the best course of action. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens during an insulin overdose?

Hypoglycemia: Hi. Hypoglycemia is the big, serious adverse reaction to insulin therapy. When blood sugar gets low enough (progressively worse below 50) the brain doesn't have enough fuel to run operations, and confusion results. The sympathetic nervous system is activated, which may help restore blood sugar. If sugar gets lower still, seizure & coma can follow. Death can occur. Be safe!!! To your health! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. Insulin overdose can lead to hypoglycemia & in severe cases: coma, disorientation,
seizures or death. REF: http://www.diabetes.co. Uk/insulin/insulin-overdosage. Html ...Read more

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How painful is an insulin overdose and how long will it take to die from it?

Hypoglycemia: Insulin over dose can range from mild to severe. Prolonged low blood sugar can result in irreversible brain damage and even death. Mild symptoms which occurs more frequently may include headaches, tremor sweating/fatigue, irritability and extreme symptoms or 'Insulin shock' is a medical emergence. All patients on Insulin should be educated to recognize signs/symptoms/management of low blood sugar. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an overdose of insulin diabetes medication?

What are the symptoms of an overdose of insulin diabetes medication?

Sweating+ drowsiness: As the glucose levels drop to hypoglycemic levels, the body will produce the above symptoms. The brain must have glucose and oxygen at all times and those "sensors" trigger the responses. ...Read more

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Can I die of accidental insulin overdose?

Yes, but not likely: At your age the body is pretty resilient the mind still sharp and most errors of Insulin administration are engineered to be relatively small. But given the right circumstances it certainly could and does happen. ...Read more

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