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Chapters 10 and 11 tell you all you need to know about insulin (including types and dosages), and all the old and new ways to administer it.

i The types of insulin are long-acting, rapid-acting, and some in-between insulins. The insulins that most closely mimic the action of human insulin in the body are clearly the best. Insulin can be taken by shots, using jet injections, and by inhaling it into your lungs. I give you the pros and cons of each method in Chapter 10 and let you choose for yourself.

i Delivering insulin with a pump deserves to have Chapter 11 all to itself because it's quite different from the methods in Chapter 10. Many patients use pumps to administer their insulin. The clever manufacturers have tried to arrange the pump so that it delivers insulin just like your own pancreas. Unfortunately, the pump currently can't detect the level of glucose in your blood and provide insulin accordingly just like your own pancreas, but modern insulin pumps aren't far from that ideal.

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Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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