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What Causes The Release Of Insulin From The Pancreas?

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An Overview Of The Pancreas

Pancreas Essentials The pancreas maintains the body’s blood glucose (sugar) balance. Primary hormones of the pancreas include insulin and glucagon, and both regulate blood glucose. Diabetes is the most common disorder associated with the pancreas. The pancreas is unique in that it’s both an endocrine and exocrine gland. In other words, the pancreas has the dual function of secreting hormones into blood (endocrine) and secreting enzymes through ducts (exocrine). The pancreas belongs to the endocrine and digestive systems—with most of its cells (more than 90%) working on the digestive side. However, the pancreas performs the vital duty of producing hormones—most notably insulin—to maintain the balance of blood glucose (sugar) and salt in the body. Without this balance, your body is susceptible to serious complications, such as diabetes. Anatomy of the Pancreas The pancreas is a 6 inch-long flattened gland that lies deep within the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine. It is connected to the duodenum, which is part of the small intestine. Only about 5% of the pancreas is comprised of endocrine cells. These cells are clustered in groups within the pancreas and look like Continue reading >>

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  1. testerz123456

    How long can I live w/o insulin (T1)

    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice?

  2. testerz123456

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    Originally Posted by testerz123456
    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice? I just realized my profile says diagnosed in 2009, but I can't change it for some reason.

  3. Shanny

    A type 1 will die without insulin. Even eating low-carb doesn't help if your pancreas makes no insulin at all, and even if it makes a little bit, it isn't enough for your body's needs.
    But insulin can be purchased at Walmart for lots less money. It isn't the prescription brands like Lantus & Humalog, etc. but you could get by I think. There are others here with so much more experience who can explain what it is and how it's used. I'm sure they'll check in soon. Stand by, okay, tester?

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