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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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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Will my baby feel it if I give myself an insulin shot in the belly?

Will my baby feel it if I give myself an insulin shot in the belly?

No: The baby's nervous system is not connected to your and he/she cannot feel your shot. ...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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Is it normal for a tetanus shot site to swell 4 days after shot was given, and I am insulin dependant diabetic?

Is it normal for a tetanus shot site to swell 4 days after shot was given, and I am insulin dependant diabetic?

Post shot infection: Nope. This is not normal. It sounds like you got a skin infection from the shot. You should consult your physician. ...Read more

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I feel like giving up on my insulin and meds my blood sugar ranges from 4 to 15 during the day moods are low not Dr said increase insulin?

Insulin: You need to maintain a record of your bel for a week or so. Not sure what insulin are you taking but basal dose of lantus is good idea as it is long acting and the variation will be less. This can be topped up with intermediate acting insulin depending on your BGL. Discuss with doctor. Get referred to a diabetic educator or specialist if not getting on to of things. Don't stop the insulin by your. ...Read more

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At what age should a child start to take over their own insulin shots?

At what age should a child start to take over their own insulin shots?

Maturity: We try to introduce the child to giving his own shots around 8 years-old, though it really depends on maturity level. No matter when a child takes over giving himself insulin, parental supervision is always necessary. ...Read more

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Should I get tested if I accidentally pricked myself with my sister's insulin shot?

Should I get tested if I accidentally pricked myself with my sister's insulin shot?

Maybe not: We often worry about transmission of diseases such as HIV or hepatitis with needle sticks, but if u know your sister does not have these then testing is useless. Beyond that, a simple needle/lancet prick would not cause you harm--your sister does that every day. If you are still concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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For gestational diabetes: do insulin shots hurt?

For gestational diabetes: do insulin shots hurt?

Minimally: If you use the right technique and the appropriately sized needle, it should not hurt much. ...Read more

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Which blood sugar levels doctors recomend insulin shots?

Which blood sugar levels doctors recomend insulin shots?

No specific level: Sugars routinely over 140 mg should be treated, though not necessarily with insulin. May just be diet, exercise, or oral medicaitons (in addition to insulin). ...Read more

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Is insulin shot or pill better way to treat diabetes in pregnancy?

Is insulin shot or pill better way to treat diabetes in pregnancy?

Either: It depends on the severity of your diabetes. The whole goal is to lower blood sugar to an acceptable range. Use option that will bring you there and maintain you there until after delivery. Your doctor should know which one to use on you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse the effects of diabetes type 2 and stop taking insulin shots?

Is it possible to reverse the effects of diabetes type 2 and stop taking insulin shots?

Yes: Reverse, but not cure! - wt loss, strict diet, exercise, & more recently for the obese diabetic type 2, gastric by-pass or stapling. ...Read more

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I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex?

I had a needle stick at work and needle stick after giving insulin Person has history of Herpes simlex?

Was event reported?: First, your place of employment should have a standard needlestick protocol. Any place that provides healthcare and utilizes needles should have a guideline or procedure for event response. Regarding herpes simplex, unless you are placing injections in the oral or genital region, the risk is very low of contracting HSV infection as a result of the stick. You should be safe with that regard. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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