Taking Insulin and Diabetes
Being diagnosed with diabetes means that your body is not producing enough insulin, not producing any at all or the small amount that is made cannot be use properly. The purpose of insulin is to move the glucose into the cells so that your body can use it as energy. When the body does not use or have enough insulin for this to occur, there is a buildup of glucose in the blood. This means that many will need to take insulin in order to help the body function the way that it is meant to.
Depending upon the type of diabetes that you are diagnosed with is going to make the difference in whether or not you need to take insulin. Type 1 diabetics will need to take it for the rest of their lives and those with type 2 may or may not need to take it. It is not a medication that can be taken in a pill form. Insulin must be taken in the form of an injection and can also be administered by an insulin pump or a pen. Deciding upon which method that you are going to take your insulin is a decision that should be made between you and your doctor.
The number of times a day that you will take your medication is going to be decided upon by your doctor. This could have an effect on the method that you choose to take the medication as well. For example, if you only need to take it twice a day, the injection or pen may be just what you are looking for. However, for those that need to have it more often may find that the pump is more convenient. Age may also play a role in the method that you choose as well as the mental state of the patient.
Monitoring your blood sugar level throughout the day is important. This lets you know if the insulin is working correctly or if you need to make changes. To test your levels you simply prick your finger, put a drop of blood on the test strip and placing in the test machine. There are several different type of monitors and it is important to find the one that you are the most comfortable with. If you find that your levels are out of range, you will know if you need to change the amount of insulin that you are taking at each dose or if you need to take it more often.
There are several types of insulin that can be prescribed. They are rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting and premixed. It is even possible that you may need to take more than one kind. By taking the right amount of insulin your body will be getting what it cannot produce on its own and keep you healthy. By monitoring your blood sugar levels and taking your medication you can manage your diabetes and keep things under control.
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