What Are The Risks Of Taking Insulin?

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Insulin Overdose: Dosage, Symptoms, And Treatment

Insulin is an important hormone used in medical treatments for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It helps the body's cells to properly absorb sugar. Insulin is a lifesaving medication when taken correctly, but an insulin overdose can have some serious side effects. This article explores signs of insulin overdose to look out for, as well as steps to take to avoid insulin overdoses. Contents of this article: Safe vs. unsafe insulin doses There are a few things to consider to ensure a correct insulin dose. Insulin doses can vary greatly from person to person. The normal dose for one person may be considered an overdose for another. Basal insulin The insulin needed to keep the blood sugar steady throughout the day is called basal insulin. The amount of insulin needed changes from person to person based on what time of day they take it, and whether their body is resistant to insulin or not. It is best to consult a doctor to figure out the appropriate basal insulin dosage. Mealtime insulin Mealtime insulin is insulin that is taken after a meal. Glucose (sugar) is released into the bloodstream as the body breaks down food, which raises the blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes Continue reading >>

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  1. rwongton

    Insulin increases risk of kidney complications?

    I was speaking with a friend and she told me that she has researched that using insulin increases your risk for having renal problems. has anyone heard the same? i have never and was curious to know why would that be the reason.

  2. coravh

    That doesn't really make a lot of sense. If a T1 doesn't take insulin, they won't have to worry about renal complications - they'll be dead.
    It is possible that in T2s who have moved to insulin that they have an increased occurance (notice I didn't say "risk") of kidney issues. But the odds are that they had uncontrolled blood sugars before moving to insulin.
    That's my take on it anyway.

  3. trinitarian3n1

    High insulin levels can certainly promote plaque build-up in the vessels, but high sugar levels can also damage the kidney microvasculature via oxidative stress and inflammation. Using the right amount of insulin to maintain normal sugar levels is the preferred method, IMO.

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