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Hypoglycemia

What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by low blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. Carbohydrates, such as rice, potatoes, bread, cereal, fruit and sweets, are the major source of glucose in our diet. The ideal range of fasting morning blood sugar is 70 to 99 mg/dL (milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood). Blood sugar levels under 70 mg/dL are too low and are considered unhealthy. Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or may be a complication of diabetes or another disorder. It’s most often seen as a complication of diabetes. This is sometimes referred to as insulin reaction. Hypoglycemia can happen quickly. In adults and children older than age 10, hypoglycemia is uncommon except as a potential side effect of diabetes treatment. What causes hypoglycemia? Causes of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes may include the following: Too much medicine, such as diabetes medicines A missed meal A delayed meal Too little food eaten as compared to the amount of insulin or other medicine taken Other causes of hypoglycemia are rare, but may happen in early pregnancy, after strenuous exercise, or during prolonged fasting. H Continue reading >>

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    What is the difference between Humulin and Humalog?




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    They differ in how fast they take to reach peak effect and how long their effect lasts.
    Humulin is a medium acting insulin which reaches peak effect at about 6 to 10 hours and keeps working for up to 16 hours. Because it will not cause a rapid blood sugar drop it's considered safe and is mainly used to maintain a baseline blood sugar level throughout the day. NPH insulin
    Humalog is a fast acting insulin which starts working within about 5 minutes and peaks at about 1-2 hours and is normaly used to combat the sharp rise of blood sugar after a meal. It is also used to rapidly bring down a very highly elevated blood sugar level. Because of this it is not as "safe" as NPH since overshooting a dose can cause a dangerous hypoglycemic episode. Insulin lispro (the Insulin aspart /Novolog link is more detailed).

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