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Like hypos last week , insulin is in the news. Considering that nothing is better at causing hypos than insulin is, they are connected in more ways than one. The big question with insulin in the news now is how come we have generic sulfonylureas and metformin, but no generic insulin? After all, insulin has been on the market since 1922, while the first sulf came out years later, in 1957. Glucophage, the first brand of metformin approved in the U.S., came out more recently yet, in 1995. The current (June-July 2007) issue of Diabetes Health covers the question in Linda von Wartburg’s three-page article, “Why does Insulin Cost more than Ever?” The magazine also has the whole article online . For even more detailed coverage, diabetes blogger Scott Strumello has a four-page article at “ Diabetes Thought .” The problem in a nutshell is that insulin is a biotech drug, sometimes known as a biologic or a biopharmaceutical. The Food and Drug Administration says that it lacks the express legal ...
How much weight can I lose by not taking my insulin and how long will it take?
By not taking insulin in order to lose weight means you will be practicing an eating disorder known as "diabulimia." You will lose weight, but you will also permanently damage your eyes, kidneys, fingers, toes, liver and overall circulatory system as a result of dangerously high blood sugars.
Essentially, you will be in an almost catatonic state, risking real death, in order to TEMPORARILY LOSE WEIGHT.
After you lose the weight through diabulimia you'll have two choices:
-start taking your insulin again and gain the weight back because your body will try to recover from all of the damage you just did to it.
-be hospitalized with serious DKA, or wind up in a coma, or die.
Diabulimia is not a joke.
Look at these articles:
Diabulimia to lose weight -My Story
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It has long been known that medical conditions play a role in your emotions (see blog on Diabetes and your Emotions ). Generally, most people are able to overcome the ebb and flow of unpleasant emotions and move forward. However, many adults and teens develop more complex feelings related to diabetes that prevent them from functioning well in their usual surroundings at home, school, or workplace. When your feelings or behavior prevent attention to normal activities, it is time to seek help. Many diabetes teams have a psychologist or a clinical social worker that may be able to help you or they may refer you to another healthcare provider. There are a number of common psychological conditions that are known to be associated with diabetes, including anxiety, denial, depression, diabulemia , and drug or substance abuse.
Anxiety is extremely common-it is natural to be anxious when learning how to give insulin injections, carbohydrate count, check blood sugars, etc. If you have maste...
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