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What Is Insulin? Everything To Know If You Have Diabetes

When you think about diabetes in a general sense, your mind might immediately flash to finger pricks. But while insulin therapy is common, it’s not for everyone who has been diagnosed with the disease. Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 18 percent of adults with the disease take insulin to manage diabetes, while 13 percent take insulin and oral medications. If you have type 2 diabetes, it’s important to understand the basics on insulin before making a decision with your doctor about whether you need it to control your blood sugar — including what it is, what it does, what its potential benefits are, and how to overcome the fear of finger pricks if you’ve been prescribed the therapy. What Does the Pancreas Do, and How Does Insulin Affect Blood Sugar Levels? The pancreas, a gland located deep in our abdomen, releases the hormone insulin. Insulin’s primary purpose is to help transport glucose, or blood sugar, to our liver, muscle, and fat cells to be used for energy or to be stored for later use, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. In people without diabetes, this process works smooth Continue reading >>

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  1. mjclay

    What is basal? Temp basal?

    I am a newbie and feel lost when reading many of the posts. There are terms I do not understand at all--like basal. I don't know what you are talking about--but you all certainly seem to understand. I am working very hard to eat right, check blood often, etc. I feel like I am walking down a street that is getting darker and darker--with a blind corner just ahead! Right now, I am trying to eat enough to keep my bg level high enough. I do not eat potatoes, white bread, rice, or anything with sugar. I am working to stay on a low carb diet, but doing that and gaining back the weight I've lost is almost impossible. I appreciate the patience of you guys and the information you share. I feel like a first grader among college grads!!

  2. Becky Boo

    I know how you feel! When I was first on here I felt like I had been dropped into a finals test in a college science class ~ without ever going to the classes!!! It was so confusing.
    Basal is a term insulin users use. I'm not on insulin, and don't remember which one it is. There's long acting insulin taken at the same time or times every day. I THINK that's the basal.
    Theres a fast acting insulin taken with meals. I THINK that's the bolus.
    THINK. I pay some attention to what people say about their insulin use because I know I may be there some day, but at this point it's more academic than practical for me.
    Keep on reading, you'll feel better.

  3. Stump86

    Basal insulin is the insulin used to counteract the basal glucose secretion of the liver. A definition of basal might be background or baseline. So that insulin is used to counteract the rises that occur in your BG all day long just to fuel your cells. The counterpoint to basal is bolus, which is insulin given in response to carbs eaten.
    A temporary basal is a pump thing. Pump users can set their pumps to deliver several basal rates throughout the day and if they want, they can set up a temporary basal for a certain amount of time. Some reasons might include exercise or sickness in which a pumper would want to change their basal insulin to match the changes going on in their body
    Here at the wiki there is a glossary of terms you may want to refer to!

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