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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Overview)

Produced by beta cells of pancrease regulates glucose in your blood, its utilization by cells and fat formation. Its absolute lack causes type 1 dm while cell resistance to it and relative lack causes type11 dm and its excess will cause hypoglycemia.


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What is insulin?

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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
2,645 doctors shared insights

Insulin (Overview)

Produced by beta cells of pancrease regulates glucose in your blood, its utilization by cells and fat formation. Its absolute lack causes type 1 dm while cell resistance to it and relative lack causes type11 dm and its excess will cause hypoglycemia.


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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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Will I always need medications/insulin?

Will I always need medications/insulin?

Depends: Type 1 diabetes will always need insulin. Type 2 diabetes may not need any medication if the diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: insulin pump?

What is the definition or description of: insulin pump?

Gives insulin: Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to fine tune their gluc. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the reason that some diabetics are prescribed insulin while others can take oral meds?

Does anyone know the reason that some diabetics are prescribed insulin while others can take oral meds?

Diabetes type: It depends on the type of diabetes. Usually type 1 are Insulin dependent and they are deficient in Insulin and type 2 can be treated witn oral meds because they are Insulin resistant not defiecient. But after many years of diabtes some type 2 can also need Insulin because their body stops making Insulin and they will then need insulin.Some type 2 diabetic are given Insulin in acute illness ...Read more

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Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

HIV: This is possible, but the needle would have had to been used by an hiv+ individual and you would then have had to have used it very shortly thereafter. If there is a major question in your mind you should be receiving prophylaxis and being tested for HIV with pcr for viral rna. Go and see someone with expertise in this area. Good luck and hope all is well. ...Read more

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Iam diabetic since 2003 and stoped ameryl in 2007 to start lantus insulin then novo mix 30 in 2009 with metforal 850 what new pills now more effective?

There are a: variety of different medication regimens that can be effective, but you need to couple them to diet, exercise and weight loss. The most effective metformin dose is 1000 mg twice/day. Multiple doses of rapid acting Insulin before meals and a basal Insulin such as glargine at bedtime is better than mixed insulin. Other oral therapies and injectable glp-1 agonists need to be discussed with your docto ...Read more

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Dr. James Millen
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Humulin (Definition)

Humulin is a brand of Insulin manufactured by the lilly company. Within that name brand are different formulations of Insulin which include humalog, regular, and nph. Additionally a variety of ...Read more


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Novolin (Definition)

Novolin is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of ...Read more


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