Insulin treatment for type 1 diabetes
Insulin treatment for type 1 diabetes aims to get as close as possible to your body’s natural insulin response.
Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas when you eat. It helps convert glucose, or sugar, from food into your body's cells where it can be used as energy. In simple terms, when your insulin level goes up, your blood sugar level goes down. Without insulin, your body cannot make use of and absorb glucose and it stays in your blood.
Yes - The different insulins are summarised below:
Background (basal) insulin that may last for a long time
Mealtime insulin that works very quickly for a short period of time
Addresses background and meal time requirements
NOTE: Your Healthcare Professional will decide what the best insulin is to treat your diabetes. This will vary from person to person and will depend on each individual's response to insulin.
Having balanced blood glucose levels is important for your body to function properly. Too much or too little glucose in your blood can have some very serious consequences.
Too little glucose in your blood can cause a hypo, which is the medical terms for having a blood glucose level below 4mmol/L, whether or not you have symptoms.
For more information on hypoglycaemia check out 'Dealing with Hypoglycaemia'
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