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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Overview)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.


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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
2,725 doctors shared insights

Insulin (Overview)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.


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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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Can you please describe insulin in our body?

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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Diabetes (Tip)

Diabetes

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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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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Diabetes (Tip)

Diabetes

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