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What Does Insulin Do In My Body?

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications. Continue reading >>

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  1. nancyintexas

    I will be in the UK for a month. I plan to bring plenty of supplies, but how can I purchase more insulin in case I need to. Thank you.

  2. wirewiper

    Check with your Doctor in the US first.
    I am almost 100% certain you cannot buy insulin over the counter in the UK. However it might be possible for you to register with a Doctor temporarily in the UK, or to use a walk-in centre.

  3. thegoodwitch

    You can't.
    If you think you might need more, go to a doctor's surgery near where you're staying and ask to register as a temporary resident.
    You will need to pay Edited: 10:29 am, February 27, 2013

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