What is Insulin?
Insulin is a prescription medication used mainly in the treatment of Diabetes, particularly Type 1 Diabetes. Insulin also has some other uses, such as in emergency medicine. Not all patients with diabetes require insulin since many people with Type 2 Diabetes can manage their diabetes with lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, weight loss, etc.), or with the various Diabetes Pills that are available. Type 1 Diabetes (juvenile diabetes) almost always requires insulin. Insulin is usually injected subcutaneously (under the skin), rather than into muscle or vein. Typical methods are hypodermic needle injections and the use of an insulin pump. Many different types of insulin are available, including short-acting insulin, longer-acting insulin, NPH Insulin, and insulin analogs. Non-injected forms of insulin have become available, such as Nasal Insulin (inhaled insulin). Read more about: Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Nasal Insulin.
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- Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes and its full medical name is Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and the less severe of the two most common forms
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- Weight Loss: Losing weight is not really a medical symptom if it is explained by lifestyle changes. That means you’re eating
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- Diabetes Pills: Diabetes pills are mostly used to treat Type 2 Diabetes, the most common type of Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes)
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- Insulin Analog: An insulin analog is a prescription medication that is very similar to insulin, but does not have the exact same
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