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Forum Name: Diabetes

Question: Diabetic question

 AngieA - Thu Apr 15, 2004 12:20 am

I have a Question:
If a diabetic is unable to take their insulin for a day how bad would that affect them?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Apr 16, 2004 2:31 am

User avatar Hi Angie,
Insulin as you know by now is a normal hormone in the body that responds to increases in blood levels of sugar. This normally happens after a meal. Insulin does a lot more beside regulate blood sugar in the body. Diabetes is caused by the lack of insulin in the body. Hence when you stop taking your insulin you become 'diabetic' again. Your blood sugar rises and your metabolism becomes disturbed. If your blood sugar remains constantly irregular this has devastating complications. In the short term this could eventually lead to coma. In the long term it affects your vision, your kidneys, heart, even your intelligence. When these organs become damaged by diabetes there is very little that can be done to correct them. Diabetics can lead a normal life; however, only by carefully taking their insulin so that their insulin levels is similar to a normal person's insulin levels.

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