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Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes: When, Why, And How

Blood sugar control is one of the most important parts of type 2 diabetes management. Although you may be able to treat the condition at first with oral medication and lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss, most people with type 2 diabetes eventually need to take insulin by injection. "There are several scenarios in which insulin treatment should start, including in patients with significant hyperglycemia who are symptomatic," explained Alaleh Mazhari, DO, an associate professor of endocrinology at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. "In these cases, the need for insulin may be short-term. Other situations include patients who are on multiple diabetic medications with uncontrolled diabetes, and uncontrolled diabetes in pregnancy, to name a few." Here's what you need to know about taking insulin in the short term and the long term. Insulin for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control Doctors use a blood test called a hemoglobin A1C test to measure average blood sugar control over a two- to three-month period. The treatment target for most people with diabetes is an A1C of 7 percent or less; those with higher levels may need a more intensive medication plan. "The American Assoc Continue reading >>

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  1. doggyworld

    Insulin Injections and Insulin Resistance?

    Will going on Insulin Injections too early cause Insulin Resistance in the future? Does the body build a resistance to the Insulin over time?

  2. kulkulkan

    If you gain weight with insulin (which is likely unless on strict diet and exercise), then yes, insulin resistance will go up over time. I would work on the diet and exercise part first to lower the insulin resistance.

  3. Ken S

    If you can keep your insulin levels modest then this may not have much of an effect. If you increase your insulin levels too high then this does make you fat and also worsens insulin resistance to be sure. So the main problem here is that this causes the liver to make too much fat and this fat kills beta cells and also raises the hormone that puts our blood sugar up. This is actually the big thing with insulin, this all causes cells to be less sensitive to it, especially the alpha cells in the pancreas which is what puts our blood sugar up.
    Since this all happens from too much fat storage, and this fat storage is driven by both insulin and carb intake, if you are on insulin then watching your carb intake is critical. Insulin is the fire, carbs is the wood. The overconsumption of carbs also drives insulin up so you have the wood stoking the fire more as well, and if you use insulin you can really go high. Some people here do fine on a little insulin though because they watch their carbs closely.

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