What Are The Risks Of Taking Insulin?

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Are There Any Risks In Taking Insulin Injection (regular Or Fast-acting)?

Because insulin injection (regular or fast-acting) lowers blood glucose levels, people taking insulin are at increased risk of experiencing excessively low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If too much insulin is administered, blood sugar can fall quickly to levels below that which is considered safe. Increased physical activity (increased glucose use) and decreased food consumption (decreased glucose intake) can also result in hypoglycemia while taking insulin. People who take insulin should have a source of sugar available at all times in case hypoglycemia happens. Allergic reactions to insulin are possible, though rare. If hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, itching, a rash or hives, problems breathing, swelling or redness at the injection site or skin changes occur, immediate medical attention is needed. Continue reading >>

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  1. rwongton

    Insulin increases risk of kidney complications?

    I was speaking with a friend and she told me that she has researched that using insulin increases your risk for having renal problems. has anyone heard the same? i have never and was curious to know why would that be the reason.

  2. coravh

    That doesn't really make a lot of sense. If a T1 doesn't take insulin, they won't have to worry about renal complications - they'll be dead.
    It is possible that in T2s who have moved to insulin that they have an increased occurance (notice I didn't say "risk") of kidney issues. But the odds are that they had uncontrolled blood sugars before moving to insulin.
    That's my take on it anyway.

  3. trinitarian3n1

    High insulin levels can certainly promote plaque build-up in the vessels, but high sugar levels can also damage the kidney microvasculature via oxidative stress and inflammation. Using the right amount of insulin to maintain normal sugar levels is the preferred method, IMO.

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