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12 Myths About Insulin And Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin facts vs. fiction When you hear the word “insulin,” do you picture giant needles (ouch!) or pop culture portrayals of insulin users with low blood sugar (like Julia Roberts losing it in Steel Magnolias)? Either way, most people think of insulin as a difficult, painful, or potentially scary medical treatment. The problem is that if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to know the real deal before you can make an informed choice about whether or not this potentially lifesaving therapy is right for you. Here, we take a look at the facts and fiction about insulin when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes. Diabetics always need insulin Not necessarily. People with type 1 diabetes (about 5% to 10% of diabetics) do need insulin. If you have type 2, which includes 90% to 95% of all people with diabetes, you may not need insulin. Of adults with diabetes, only 14% use insulin, 13% use insulin and oral medication, 57% take oral medication only, and 16% control blood sugar with diet and exercise alone, according to the CDC. The point is to get blood sugar—which can be a highly toxic poison in the body—into the safe zone by any means necessary. Taking insulin means you’ve ‘fai Continue reading >>

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  1. 1mg

    Yes, it is extremely dangerous to take insulin if you are not diabetic. Insulin acts on the glucose metabolism and lowers the blood sugar levels. This is done to treat the elevated blood sugars that are characteristic of diabetes. If a person who doesn’t have diabetes takes insulin injections, then the normal blood glucose levels will dip and produce a condition called hypoglycemia. This leads to inadequate supply of glucose needed for the body’s functioning at any given time.
    Hypoglycemia produces mild to moderate reactions like dizziness, trembling, hunger, irritability, faster heart rate, confusion, and headaches. In severe cases or if a mild case is not treated in time, hypoglycemia may cause unconsciousness, seizures, and coma.
    If you have accidentally taken insulin and are experiencing the symptoms of hypoglycemia, you need to contact emergency care. In an emergency, you can eat or drink sugar in some form, to increase your blood glucose level rapidly.

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  2. Liang-Hai Sie

    What is the effect of insulin? As you know, the lowering of your blood sugar, fine if yours otherwise would be too high. If blood sugar levels were already normal, injecting insulin could (and often would) seriously lower your blood sugar levels even inducing a hypoglycemic diabetic coma. Not recommended.
    If somebody did trying to kill themselves, we would infuse as much glucose as needed while monitoring blood glucose levels to compensate for the insulin injected, thus keeping them alive.

  3. Tony Sangster

    It is not for anyone else. As a prescribed medication is has certain risks to its use, just as any prescribed medication has.

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