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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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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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Diabetes (Tip)

Diabetes

Do reduce your Insulin if you are going to exercise. ...See 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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Diabetes (Tip)

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Don't be afraid to go on Insulin - it's really not the big deal you might think it is. ...See more

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Can you please describe insulin in our body?

a hormone: Produced in the pancreas which lowers blood sugar, along with other metabolic effects. ...Read more

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Why are so many endocrinologists afraid to prescribe insulin pumps to people?

Why are so many endocrinologists afraid to prescribe insulin pumps to people?

Hypoglycemia: There are acidents with the sugar going too low. ...Read more

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Myth: all diabetics will eventually end up on insulin. ...See 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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