Insulin Overview

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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