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Diabetes: How To Use Insulin

Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics, please visit familydoctor.org, the AAFP patient education website. What is insulin, and why do I need it? Insulin is a hormone that controls the level of blood sugar (also called glucose) in your body. People with diabetes may not have enough insulin or may not be able to use it properly. The sugar builds up in the blood and overflows into the urine, passing out of your body unused. Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems. All people with type 1 diabetes, and some people with type 2 diabetes, need to take insulin to help control their blood sugar levels. (The box below lists the different types of insulin.) The goal in treating diabetes is to keep the blood sugar level within a normal range. Do I need to monitor my blood sugar level? Yes. You need to check your blood sugar level regularly using a blood glucose monitor. Your doctor or the office staff can teach you how to use the monitor. You'll need to write down each measurem Continue reading >>

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  1. Mark Hancock

    Initially I thought this question was somewhat silly since at first I thought it is like asking whether wagging dog's tail would make it happy. But I researched this a bit more and actually C-peptide is an interesting compound that is being researched in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and renal failure. C-peptide is produced in the pancreas and is bound to insulin initially. It is then broken apart from insulin and the insulin itself has the blood sugar effects but apparently C-peptide does have specific receptors it actually has an effect on.

  2. John McKeegan

    Only to add to Mark Hancock's already posted answer, if c-peptide is bound to insulin, injecting it would be of no benefit to a Type 1 Diabetic, as their bodies do not produce any insulin for the c-peptide to bind to.

  3. Javier Martinez-Martin

    Injecting C-peptide might have some benefit (scientist used to think that it was just a useless by-product but it may have some useful functions, the jury is still out on that) But no, it certainly does not cure type 1 diabetes.

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