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6 Things You Should Know About Insulin

Source: Web exclusive, October 2011 Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It helps the body use glucose and helps control blood glucose levels. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce any insulin, and they depend on insulin injections for survival. For people with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t produce enough insulin on their own, insulin therapy may become a critical part of managing their disease. If you’re a new insulin user, you may not know much about the stuff. Even if you’ve been on insulin for years, there may be a few things you don’t realize. Here are six things you should know: 1. Insulin is not a last resort. You may be worried about starting insulin because you feel you’ve "failed" in controlling your disease, or you believe it’s a sign your health is on a fast decline. It’s true that diabetes progresses the longer a person has it. Over years, your body may have a tougher and tougher time producing or using its own insulin. But that doesn’t mean it’s all downhill after starting insulin. "Insulin is just another tool in the toolbox. It’s a natural approach to treating diabetes," says Rob Roscoe, a clinical pharmacist and certified diabetes e 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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