All About Insulin

Many elderly people are diagnosed with diabetes, which can cause complications that affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. There are ways to manage diabetes. Faithfully taking insulin if the patient is insulin-dependent is the most important way to manage diabetes and it’s symptoms.

What is Insulin?

Insulin is made in the pancreas. It moves the sugar or glucose from foods out of your bloodstream through your body to be used as energy. Without insulin, the body cannot process the sugars from food and the level of sugar in the blood gets too high. Blood vessels can be damaged and cause other health problems. Resulting health problems from diabetes can even include a heart attack or stroke.

The Importance of Insulin

Diabetics do not make enough insulin to move the sugar. This is one reason it is often referred to as sugar diabetes. If the body does not make enough insulin on its own, you must get it from an outside source such as insulin shots.

Types of Insulin

In some cases it is necessary to take more than on type of insulin to control blood sugar levels. The most common types of insulin are:

  • Basal insulin – This type of insulin starts out slowly and lasts longer to regulate the blood sugar levels. Basil insulin may be taken once or twice a day.
  • Mealtime insulin – This is faster acting insulin. It can be rapid, which means after taking it, your body will react quickly to it. It can also be short-acting, which means your body takes longer to react to it but it works for a longer period of time.
  • Mixture insulin – This type of insulin has both basal and mealtime insulin to control your blood sugar during meals and the rest of the day and night.

Being prescribed the right insulin will help manage diabetic symptoms and help a person live a normal lifestyle.

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