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Mon Feb 21 02:39:21 UTC 2011

What is it about injected insulin that is sometimes needed as opposed to the natural insulin from the pancreas? Type 2 implies enough insulin, right?
Asked By: dr6583  
Category: Insulin

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2011-03-08 21:38:34.0

Thanks for asking dLife about insulin dr6583. Type 2 diabetes does not imply 'enough insulin'... it means that one of two things (or a combination of the two things) is happening. The first is that your body is not making enough insulin and the second is that your body is resistant to the insulin your pancreas produces. For most people it is a combination of the two things that makes their blood sugars high. There are oral medications that help treat both of these conditions as well as some that work in other ways like making your liver stop overproducing sugar or prevent your body from absorbing some of the sugar that you eat. Sometimes people with type 2 diabetes have so much insulin resistance or so little insulin production by the pancreas (or both) that they need to inject themselves with insulin to help keep their blood sugar under control. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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