Insulin For Diabetes Type 2

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Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by special cells, called beta cells. The pancreas is below and behind the stomach. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells. Inside the cells, glucose is stored and later used for energy. When you have type 2 diabetes, your fat, liver, and muscle cells do not respond correctly to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. As a result, blood sugar does not get into these cells to be stored for energy. When sugar cannot enter cells, a high level of sugar builds up in the blood. This is called hyperglycemia. The body is unable to use the glucose for energy. This leads to the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes usually develops slowly over time. Most people with the disease are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed. Increased fat makes it harder for your body to use insulin the correct way. Type 2 diabetes can also develop in people who are thin. This is more common in older adults. Family history and genes play a role in type 2 diabetes. Low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight around the waist increase your chance of getting the disease. Continue reading >>

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  1. schope

    insulin not working

    Insulin not working. It is only bringing my numbers down ten points in four hours after a meal. What is wrong?

  2. AnnC

    Hello and welcome to DD.
    Can you tell us more about your diabetes, i.e. are you Type 1 or Type 2, and how long you have been taking insulin, also whether you are taking basal (long-acting) or bolus (short acting, i.e. immediately before or after meals) or both.
    We can't tell you how much insulin to take or to change what you are taking. You will need to talk to your doctor about that. But if you can tell us some more about yourself, then others can say what works for them.

  3. furball64801

    Hi and welcome to DD first we have no info other than insulin is not working. What did you eat, how many grams of carbs did you consume. How many units of what insulin are you on. What is your exercise program like, all of this tends to help insulin works 99% of the time bu the correct dose and carbs have to be matched how many tests per day do you do.

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