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How is insulin administered to treat diabetes?

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Insulin is a hormone. Most people inject it into the fat of their skin. Your doctor will figure out how much you need to take each day to keep your body healthy.

Some types of insulin act quickly; others last for a long time to keep your blood sugar levels steady. You might give yourself shots of it with a syringe or a pre-filled injection pen, or you might use an insulin pump or infuser. Your doctor puts these devices under your skin to give you insulin when you need it.

From: Treatment Options for Diabetes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “What Are My Options?” “What About Insulin?” “Insulin Basics.”

FDA: "FDA approves Afrezza to treat diabetes."

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Common Questions About Type 2 Diabetes.”

MedlinePlus: “Drug Information: Insulin Human (rDNA Origin) Inhalation.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “What I Need to Know About Diabetes Medicines.”

Scott Isaacs, MD, Atlanta Endocrine Associates.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “What Are My Options?” “What About Insulin?” “Insulin Basics.”

FDA: "FDA approves Afrezza to treat diabetes."

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Common Questions About Type 2 Diabetes.”

MedlinePlus: “Drug Information: Insulin Human (rDNA Origin) Inhalation.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “What I Need to Know About Diabetes Medicines.”

Scott Isaacs, MD, Atlanta Endocrine Associates.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 11, 2018

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