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Why would I need to take insulin to treat diabetes?

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Insulin helps move blood sugar into your body's cells so you can use it for energy and stay healthy.

If you need to take insulin, don't feel like you've failed to manage your diabetes. Every person's body is different. If you've had type 2 diabetes for a long time, have very high blood sugar, or have other health problems that make it hard for you to control your glucose, you might need to take insulin along with your pills.

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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