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Diabetes: 10 Things Your Doctor Won't Teach About Insulin

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Diabetes patient injecting insulin into stomach.
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Woman injecting insulin into arm, using adjustable insulin pen.
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When you receive your prescription and instructions on how much to take, you need to know: doctors are guessing your insulin doses


Calculator, syringe an insulin vials.
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Your doctor will tell you how many carbohydrates to eat for 3 meals a day and 2 snacks a day


Testing blood sugar with glucometer
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This is called an “insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio.”


Low carb pork tacos, with lettuce wrap.
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Speaking of meals, your doctor probably isn’t going to recommend a low-carb diet, either


Syringes, pen and notepad tracking blood sugar levels.
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Basal testing assesses if your long-acting (background) insulin dose is accurate by fasting for part of the day and watching whether your blood sugars stay in-range, rise, or fall


Woman testing blood sugar while exercising, glass of orange juice nearby.
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Doctors often assume that type 2s can’t experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if your A1C and blood sugars are still high


Couple exercising at home.
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When you lose weight, eat a healthier diet, and become more active, your insulin needs will decrease


Woman talking to doctor about different medications.
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You have medication options


Woman contemplating eating when not hungry.
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If you aren't hungry, you simply don't take your fast-acting insulin for that meal


Racks of vials.
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Insulin is not a punishment or a death sentence