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Insulin - Know Important Information About It!

Dr. Janaki Raman 89% (103 ratings)
Diploma In Diabetology, Diploma In Cardiology
General Physician, Kolkata
Insulin - Know Important Information About It!

Hormones are responsible for regulating the functions of the body, growth and metabolism. There are a variety of hormones that the endocrine glands secrete, and one of them is insulin. Insulin is responsible for regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. If it’s not produced enough or the body’s capability to absorb it weakens then it can lead to diabetes. Insulin is also related to metabolism and the storing of fat, insulin breaks down the glucose in the blood to provide energy for the proper functioning of the body. Thus, insulin is an important component in the construction of the body but its dysfunction can cause a series of problems for the body, some very permanent ones like diabetes. Thus, it’s important to know exactly how it functions and not pay heed to the myths surrounding it and base your opinions on hard facts. Here are some common myths regarding insulin, and the facts that you need to know:

  • It’s the final step in the treatment: Insulin is not the final step in the treatment, it is made to be so because of the myths surrounding its use. It is actually a wrong conception that people harbour thereby delaying the use of insulin and causing more damage. Controlling the blood sugar level need to begin as soon as possible otherwise, there can be complications since blood sugar, in more than the prescribed amount, is highly toxic for the body. It can lead to heart attacks or even strokes.
  • You will gain weight due to insulin: This is partially true but it is not due to insulin use, in fact, it is the because insulin is working for you, your blood sugar levels start to normalize and you gain a bit of transient weight. Abnormal weight loss is usually a sign that you might have diabetes.
  • Taking insulin is a sign of defeat: This is the biggest myth that exists and the reason why the treatment with insulin is started late or is delayed. You can take the best care of your body and follow through with all the regimens prescribed to you by your doctor and yet require insulin shots. It depends solely on how damaged the pancreas is and unable to produce the required amount of insulin. The need for medication varies and should not be seen as a sign of defeat.
  • Insulin injections are painful: This is absolutely false and a scare tactic that has been employed as an additional negative trait of insulin use. Insulin needles are fine and thin and they are injected into the layer of fat underlining the skin where there are no pain receptors so it is improbable that insulin injections are painful.




 

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What You Need To Know About Insulin?

Dr. Vineet Saboo 88% (461 ratings)
Diploma in Diabetology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Amravati
What You Need To Know About Insulin?

The first and the most important thing to be cleared is what exactly insulin is. Now we all are well accustomed to the fact that we get the energy to do what we do by eating the food we eat. So how exactly is all this energy generated? That is exactly what is going to be explained in the briefest way possible.

Most carbohydrates contain a type of sugar known as glucose. After we finish eating, the carbohydrates break down into smaller sugar molecules called glucose inside the digestive tract. The pancreas is a gland, which is located somewhere behind the stomach and is the source of all the endocrine functioning. This gland produces a hormone named Insulin. When the glucose molecules are released into our bloodstream, this insulin helps the cells throughout our body to soak up these simple sugar molecules and use them for providing the body with energy. Now that our base is clear, let’s move on to the importance of insulin in our body.

Why it is important?

Insulin helps our body to absorb glucose and provides the body with all the energy to do what it does. Another really important task that insulin does is balance the glucose levels in our blood. As soon as there is extra glucose in our blood-stream, insulin gives a signal in which the excess glucose is stored in the liver for future use, i.e, in situations when blood sugar drops and the body needs an extra energy boost.

Occurrence of diabetes

In a certain turn of events, when the body refuses to use the insulin properly or in worse cases, the body fails to produce enough insulin, diabetes mellitus occurs. Diabetes can be of two kinds:

  • Type 1 - In this case, the immune system destroys all the insulin-producing cells, thereby, ceasing the production of insulin. As such, insulin injections are mandatory to maintain blood sugar levels.

  • Type 2 - In this case, the body does not respond well to the instructions of insulin and the sugar level in the body is not regulated. The body, in turn, produces a lot of insulin in a desperate attempt to improve blood sugar levels. The patients can turn the situation over by changing their food habits and lifestyle and taking certain medications.

For people taking insulin treatment, it is good to note that insulin can be of rapid acting type, short-acting type, long-acting type and intermediate-acting type.

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Dear mam I am dietetic last 19 years when I was 16 years .i take lupin mixat insulin regular 35 morning time an 32 units taking night time. I have do exercise daily. Can I left insulin.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1775 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Dear mam
I am dietetic last 19 years when I was 16 years .i take lupin mixat insulin regular 35 morning time an 32 un...
Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells of the pancreatic islets; it is considered to be the main anabolic hormone of the body. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein by promoting the absorption of carbohydrates, especially glucose from the blood into liver, fat and skeletal muscle cells. Low insulin levels in the blood have the opposite effect by promoting widespread catabolism, especially of reserve body fat.
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Insulin - Know Misconceptions About It!

Dr. Mohammed Faisal 86% (31 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases / Pulmonary Medicine, Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (IDCC (ISCCM))
General Physician, Hyderabad
Insulin - Know Misconceptions About It!

Hormones are responsible for regulating the functions of the body, growth and metabolism. There are a variety of hormones that the endocrine glands secrete, and one of them is insulin. Insulin is responsible for regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. If enough of it is not produced or the body’s capability to absorb it weakens then it can lead to diabetes. Insulin is also related to metabolism and the storing of fat, it breaks down the glucose in the blood to provide energy for the proper functioning of the body. Thus, it is an important component in the construction of the body but its dysfunction can cause a series of problems for the body, some very permanent ones like diabetes. Thus, it’s important to know exactly how it functions and not pay attention to the myths surrounding it and base your opinions on hard facts. Here are some common myths regarding insulin, and the facts that you need to know:

  • Myth 1 - It’s the final step in the treatment.
    Fact - Insulin is not the final step in the treatment, it is made to be so because of the myths surrounding its use. It is actually a wrong conception that people harbour thereby delaying the use of insulin and causing more damage. Controlling the blood sugar level need to begin as soon as possible otherwise, there can be complications; since blood sugar in more than the prescribed amount is highly toxic for the body. It can lead to heart attacks or even strokes.
     
  • Myth 2 - You will gain weight due to insulin.
    Fact - This is partially true but it is not due to insulin use, in fact, it is because insulin is working for you, your blood sugar levels start to normalize and you gain a bit of temporary weight. Abnormal weight loss is usually a sign that you might have diabetes.
     
  • Myth 3 - Taking insulin is a sign of defeat.
    Fact - 
    This is the biggest myth that exists and the reason why the treatment with insulin is started late or is delayed. You can take the best care of your body and follow through with all the regimens prescribed to you by your doctor and yet require insulin shots. It depends solely on how damaged the pancreas is and unable to produce the required amount of insulin. The need for medication varies and should not be seen as a sign of defeat.
     
  • Myth 4 - Insulin injections are painful. 
    Fact - This is absolutely false and a scare strategy that has been employed as an additional negative trait of insulin use. Insulin needles are fine and thin and they are injected into the layer of fat underlining the skin where there are no pain receptors so it is doubtful that insulin injections are painful.
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Insulin - Know Utility Of It!

Dr. Sanjoy Paul 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Fellowship in Diabetology, PG in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hyderabad
Insulin - Know Utility Of It!

The first and the most important thing to be clear is what exactly insulin is. Now we all are well accustomed to the fact that we get the energy to do what we do by eating the food we eat. So how exactly is all this energy generated? That is exactly what is going to be explained in the briefest way possible.

Most carbohydrates contain a type of sugar known as glucose. After we finish eating, the carbohydrates break down into smaller sugar molecules called glucose inside the digestive tract. The pancreas is a gland, which is located somewhere behind the stomach and is the source of all the endocrine functioning. This gland produces a hormone named Insulin. When the glucose molecules are released into our bloodstream, this insulin helps the cells throughout our body to soak up these simple sugar molecules and use them for providing the body with energy. Now that our base is clear, let’s move on to the importance of insulin in our body.

Why it is important?

Insulin helps our body to absorb glucose and provides the body with all the energy to do what it does. Another really important task that insulin does is balance the glucose levels in our blood. As soon as there is extra glucose in our blood-stream, insulin gives a signal in which the excess glucose is stored in the liver for future use, i.e, in situations when blood sugar drops and the body needs an extra energy boost.

Occurrence of diabetes

In a certain turn of events, when the body refuses to use the insulin properly or in worse cases, the body fails to produce enough insulin, diabetes mellitus occurs. Diabetes can be of two kinds:

  • Type 1 - In this case, the immune system destroys all the insulin-producing cells, thereby, ceasing the production of insulin. As such, insulin injections are mandatory to maintain blood sugar levels.

  • Type 2 - In this case, the body does not respond well to the instructions of insulin and the sugar level in the body is not regulated. The body, in turn, produces a lot of insulin in a desperate attempt to improve blood sugar levels. The patients can turn the situation over by changing their food habits and lifestyle and taking certain medications.

For people taking insulin treatment, it is good to note that insulin can be of rapid-acting type, short-acting type, long-acting type and intermediate-acting type.

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How to generate insulin in our body without taking medicines? Please suggest to me.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (42794 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
How to generate insulin in our body without taking medicines? Please suggest to me.
Ordinarily, your body manages insulin production so that you naturally have the amount of insulin you need to help control your blood sugar level. But if your body doesn't make its own insulin or if it can't effectively use the insulin it does produce, you need to inject insulin as a medicine or take another medication that will increase the amount of insulin your body does make. So if you need to medicate with insulin, it becomes your responsibility to see that you have the amount of insulin you need when you need it.
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Diabetes - How Can Homeopathy Avert It?

Dr. Zameer F Refai 87% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Surat
Diabetes - How Can Homeopathy Avert It?

Diabetes is a disease that results in an excessive amount of glucose in the blood stream. It is a metabolic disorder that leads to various symptoms such as frequent urination, thirst and increased hunger. Diabetes is primarily of two types:

Type 1 (marked by reduced secretion of insulin by the pancreas in the body)
Type 2 (caused by reduced sensitivity of the body to insulin or increased resistance to insulin).

Side effects of high amounts of glucose in the bloodstream include frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. On the off chance of being left untreated, diabetes can bring about numerous complicated situations such as damage to the kidneys (nephropathy), damage to the nerves (neuropathy), damage to the eyes and other severe cardiovascular disorders.

Treat diabetes with homeopathy:
Controlling blood sugar level is the major goal of diabetes treatment, in order to prevent complications of the disease. Treatment may be in Allopathy or Homeopathy, conventional medicine often uses insulin itself in the treatment of diabetes. Since this is kind of replacement, so diabetes becomes a life-long disease. Homeopathy can be used effectively in the treatment. Let’s see how diabetes can be worked with Homeopathy.

In homeopathy, the main focus is on the functioning of the pancreas in efficient insulin production. There are specific homeopathic medicines which are used effectively in the treatment of all the stages of the diseases.

Homeopaths resort to different approaches towards diabetes Management of Blood Sugar. First is when the blood sugar level is very high, the priority is to control it and there are homeopathic remedies that could reduce the sugar. These are classical homeopathic remedies.

Depending on the level of the blood sugar and the requirement of the patient, doses are given with doctor’s consultation. It’s a holistic approach in medicine. This treats the patient taking into consideration the mental, emotional and physical peculiarities of the person who is affected by this state. The treatment will be to bring into balance the various systems involved in diabetes, for example, pancreas, hormones, and your immune system.

Homeopathy regards health as a state of balancing the equilibrium of the life force. Whatever treatment is taken it’s always advisable to be in regular touch with the doctor and keep sharing the health status with the doctor.

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Insulin - How To Administer It?

Dr. Neha Jain 90% (107 ratings)
MBBS, CCEDM, CCMTD
Diabetologist, Gurgaon
Insulin - How To Administer It?

Close to 400 million people across the world are affected by diabetes, and this chronic condition drastically reduces the quality of life if not managed properly. Though several treatment options are available to manage the condition, lack of awareness hinders many from seeking treatment.

Insulin therapy is provided for type II diabetes patients to achieve and maintain a steady blood sugar level. A few may think that injecting insulin is a complicated therapy, but there is no reason to be afraid of insulin treatment.

Insulin treatment is often regarded as the last resort when it comes to managing type II diabetes, but experts suggest that this should not be the case. Insulin is a type of hormone that the pancreas produces naturally and in case there is any deficiency of it, a person may have to take insulin. However, you cannot purchase insulin in pill form, and thus, insulin injections are the only way that can stabilize the insulin requirement in your body.

When is insulin given to a person?

Insulin treatment is required when a person who has type II diabetes is not able to produce adequate levels of the hormone, and other techniques and medications fail to treat the condition. Initially, basal insulin, commonly referred to as background insulin is given to a person owing to its low and consistent level in the blood for a long stretch of time. Also, there are different types of medications available for controlling diabetes, and therefore, some people may need one basal injection along with pills while others may require mixed insulin treatment.

The different types of insulin available for treating diabetes-

Every individual has a different set of variables that make his or her health condition unique. There are also various approaches to controlling blood sugar, and this includes the insulin type prescribed as well.

According to the reports of the American Diabetes Association, there are several forms of insulin with their unique benefits and properties such as speed and span of efficacy, and peak points. Here are some of the most commonly prescribed types of insulin:

  1. Regular insulin: Also referred to as short-acting insulin, this kind of insulin is consumed during mealtime, and it reaches the bloodstream within half an hour after injecting. It peaks in about 2 to 3 hours and remains effective for up to 6 hours.
  2. Long-acting insulin: It is given once a day, and it can stabilize blood sugar levels for the whole day.
  3. Rapid-acting insulin: As the name suggests, this insulin works fast and lasts for about 2 to 4 hours.
  4. Intermediate-acting insulin: It works slower than its rapid-acting counterpart, but faster than long-acting insulin. It reaches the bloodstream in about 2 hours after injection and remains effective for about 18 hours.

It is crucial to discuss one’s preferences and medical history with a professional endocrinologist for an effective insulin treatment plan.

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Insulin - Know Misconceptions About It!

Dr. Pratyush Kumar 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB
General Physician, Patna
Insulin - Know Misconceptions About It!

Hormones are responsible for regulating the functions of the body, growth and metabolism. There are a variety of hormones that the endocrine glands secrete, and one of them is insulin. Insulin is responsible for regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. If it’s not produced enough or the body’s capability to absorb it weakens then it can lead to diabetes. Insulin is also related to metabolism and the storing of fat, insulin breaks down the glucose in the blood to provide energy for the proper functioning of the body. Thus, insulin is an important component in the construction of the body but its dysfunction can cause a series of problems for the body, some very permanent ones like diabetes. Thus, it’s important to know exactly how it functions and not pay heed to the myths surrounding it and base your opinions on hard facts. Here are some common myths regarding insulin, and the facts that you need to know:

  • It’s the final step in the treatment: Insulin is not the final step in the treatment, it is made to be so because of the myths surrounding its use. It is actually a wrong conception that people harbour thereby delaying the use of insulin and causing more damage. Controlling the blood sugar level need to begin as soon as possible otherwise, there can be complications since blood sugar, in more than the prescribed amount, is highly toxic for the body. It can lead to heart attacks or even strokes.
  • You will gain weight due to insulin: This is partially true but it is not due to insulin use, in fact, it is the because insulin is working for you, your blood sugar levels start to normalize and you gain a bit of transient weight. Abnormal weight loss is usually a sign that you might have diabetes.
  • Taking insulin is a sign of defeat: This is the biggest myth that exists and the reason why the treatment with insulin is started late or is delayed. You can take the best care of your body and follow through with all the regimens prescribed to you by your doctor and yet require insulin shots. It depends solely on how damaged the pancreas is and unable to produce the required amount of insulin. The need for medication varies and should not be seen as a sign of defeat.
  • Insulin injections are painful: This is absolutely false and a scare tactic that has been employed as an additional negative trait of insulin use. Insulin needles are fine and thin and they are injected into the layer of fat underlining the skin where there are no pain receptors so it is improbable that insulin injections are painful.




 

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Sir I took insulin in the morning but forgot to bring it with me to attend election duty and I can't return till tomorrow night what really the side effects.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 92% (29286 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Sir I took insulin in the morning but forgot to bring it with me to attend election duty and I can't return till tomo...
In lack of insulin it may cause rise in blood sugar and can cause severe problems. If you can get it from local store then better take it.
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