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If you inject insulin to the vein, what happens?

If you inject insulin to the vein, what happens?

Lowers blood sugar: Commonly used site of administration for certain hospitalized patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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I just injected 40 units of lantus (insulin glargine). It bled a decent drop until I pressed the area with my boxers. How can you tell if you inject into a vein?

I just injected 40 units of lantus (insulin glargine). It bled a decent drop until I pressed the area with my boxers. How can you tell if you inject into a vein?

Don't Worry: This is an old concern & particularly with rapid insulin. With insulin pens & small needles it is hard to hit a large vein. You most likely hit a venule, a very small branch of a vein, & the needle will actually pass through it. The insulin will deposit behind the vein the Lantus (insulin glargine) slowly release, but you will bleed a little. If Lantus (insulin glargine) is in a venule it will likely clot & the Lantus (insulin glargine) work normally. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't disinfect my skin before giving an insulin shot?

What happens if I don't disinfect my skin before giving an insulin shot?

Probably nothing: Several studies have shown to increase in injections if you do not disinfect, but it is still a good idea to do so. ...Read more

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What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

No big deal: This is actually not uncommon and it could happen to anyone. The simple answer is nothing major will happen to you if you do this. You most likely will have a small bruise. The Insulin also could "peak" quicker than before so it might be prudent to check your blood sugar more on the day that this happen. We give Insulin through the iv's quite frequently to treat hyperglycemia in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is a good way to prevent bruising after giving insulin shot in the stomach?

What is a good way to prevent bruising after giving insulin shot in the stomach?

Ice!: My advice to our pediatric patients is to ice the injection site for about 30-60 seconds prior to giving the injection. The cold helps to shrink away the capillary blood vessels which may get punctured during a shot and therefore helps to decrease bruising. ...Read more

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I felt fluid in my after I took my insulin shot?

I felt fluid in my after I took my insulin shot?

Don't understand: Please provide further information. Where was the fluid? Don't understand your question. ...Read more

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Giving insulin during pregnency is safe?

Yes: Hi. Yes, insulin is as safe in pregnancy as any other time. The one big inherent risk with insulin is hypoglycemia. The risk of hypoglycemia is, of course, present using insulin in pregnancy as it is in non-pregnant patients. Go over your goal BG range and BG testing protocol with your doc running your diabetes during the pregnancy. To your tight control! Be safe. Good luck with the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are insulin shots suppose to burn?

Are insulin shots suppose to burn?

Yes they do: Yes they do burn, Lantus, (insulin glargine) the long acting insulin tends to burn more so than the shorter acting Apidra, Humalog. Slow injection helps. ...Read more

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How often do diabetics have to get insulin shots?

Depends: The answer depends on the severity of your control and what regimen your doctor had chosen for you. It could be as low as 1 shot to 4 or more shots/day. ...Read more

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Why are diabetics fearful of taking insulin shots?

Many reasons: Some people are afraid that it will hurt. Others have the old stigma that if you use insulin, you will start losing limbs, go blind or die (from watching old relatives). The way to get over this fear is education. Technology has come a long way. With the Insulin pens and 32 gauge needles that we have now, Insulin shots are now very simple and shouldn't hurt. ...Read more

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Why do some diabetics take insulin shots and others take oral pills to take care of their diabetes?

Why do some diabetics take insulin shots and others take oral pills to take care of their diabetes?

Everyone is differen: Because everyone is different. Diabetes is a complicated disease with problem being both Insulin resistance and Insulin deficiency. Some patient have milder forms which can be controlled with pills whereas others are very resistant to Insulin or have absolute deficiency which requires Insulin to control. ...Read more

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I'm borderline diabetic and had insulin shot recenlty due to hospitlization. No longer need shot but find myself hungry 2hrs or less. Is this normal?

I'm borderline diabetic and had insulin shot recenlty due to hospitlization. No longer need shot but find myself hungry 2hrs or less. Is this normal?

Hypoglycemia: Being a borderline diabetic you have to deal with fluctuations in blood sugar. You get hungry because your glucose levels are dropping. Make sure to have small frequent meals with protein and carbs together (not just carbs) and always keep track of your health by having regular check ups with your physician including labs ...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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How many units will one shot of insulin lower your sugar level?

How many units will one shot of insulin lower your sugar level?

Individualized: A sensitivity/correction factor helps to answer that question. It is different from one person to the next and varies also based on resistance to insulin. It may also vary for an individual depending on time of day. If you're carb counting, that info is estimated based on your own Insulin requirements. Your diabetes team is the best resource for this information. ...Read more

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What happens if a person with diabethes takes the insulin shot and does not eat after?

Hi risk of low sugar: Depending on the type of Insulin taken, and the starting glucose level, your sugar could drop low anywhere from 10 minutes after the injection to 6-10 hours later. ...Read more

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Help! My husband does not think he needs to take his diabetic medicine if he is now taking insulin shots. Is this right?

Help! My husband does not think he needs to take his diabetic medicine if he is now taking insulin shots. Is this right?

Depends: He needs to follow the doctors orders, and if unsure he should ask the doctor to clarify sometimes it is necessary to take both. ...Read more

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What can happen to someone with diabetes that takes insulin shots and never checks their blood sugar?

What can happen to someone with diabetes that takes insulin shots and never checks their blood sugar?

Complications: The risks of not checking: life-threateningly high/low blood sugar, progression of kidney failure until dialysis needed, progression of diabetic retinal disease (retinopathy) until blindness occurs, painful diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy). The benefits of not checking: fingers a bit less sore, I suppose, at least until neuropathy sets in. A shame to invite tragedy when it is so preventable. ...Read more

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32 5ft 10inch. 58 kg male. Diabetic. Losing weight cont. Insulin shots 18ml mrng and eve. How to gain weight.

32 5ft 10inch. 58 kg male. Diabetic. Losing weight cont. Insulin shots 18ml mrng and eve. How to gain weight.

Find the cause first: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, . .. Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, . ... ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more