Diabetes & Endocrine

Syringes

Syringes

Summary Syringes are devices that people with diabetes use to inject insulin into body tissues. These injections help move glucose (blood sugar) into the cells from the bloodstream. The syringe consists of a hollow plastic or glass tube with a plunger inside, and a needle. The plunger forces the medication through the needle into the …

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Insulin Shock

Insulin Shock

Summary Insulin shock is a severe condition in which glucose (blood sugar) levels drop quickly, leading to unconsciousness. To occur, it almost always requires the presence of injected insulin or certain oral diabetes medications that cause the body to release its own insulin. Because insulin shock is the result of severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), …

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Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

Summary Insulin resistance is an inability of the cells of the body to properly use insulin, the hormone that moves glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream into the cells. This condition causes high blood glucose (hyperglycemia). It is closely linked to prediabetes and may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance also …

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Insulin Pump

Insulin Pump

Summary An insulin pump is a small device that delivers insulin to patients with diabetes. Insulin is a hormone needed to control glucose (blood sugar), the body’s main fuel. People with diabetes have problems using and producing insulin, and some, including anyone with type 1 diabetes, need artificial sources of insulin that can be delivered …

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insulin pen

Insulin Pen

Summary An insulin pen is a convenient and discreet method for diabetes patients to take prescribed insulin medication. These devices resemble a fountain pen and are disposable or have replaceable insulin cartridges. A short, thin needle at the end of the pen is used to inject the insulin. A small dial allows the individual to …

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