AskNadia: Skin Reaction to Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I injected Levemir insulin and now I have a ball. Is that normal? It itches as well. Michelle Dear Michelle, Skin reactions to insulin injection are not new. Since the advent of insulin in 1922, people taking injections who experience adverse reactions was once estimated at 50%.  This is believed to be a result of agents like zinc that was used to manufacture

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History Of Diabetes: From Raw Quinces and Gruel to Insulin

Nearly 5,000 years ago in India, the physician Susruta described a disease “brought on by gluttonous overindulgence in rice, flour, and sugar,” in which urine is “like an elephant’s in quantity.” A Greek, Aretaeus, in the first century A.D. gave us the name “diabetes” from the Greek word for “siphon.” Observing his patient’s extreme thirst, he reasoned that the body acts like a siphon, sucking

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The History of Diabetes

For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named “diabetes” from the Greek word for “siphon.” Eugene J. Leopold in his text Aretaeus the Cappodacian describes Aretaeus’ diagnosis: “…For fluids do not remain in the body, but use the body only as a

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When Type 2s Take Insulin – A History of Insulin

While someone with type 1 diabetes needs insulin from the beginning of the disease, people with type 2 diabetes have some residual insulin secretion. However, first-phase insulin response-the initial surge of insulin that normally occurs when food is ingested-is lost, resulting in high blood-glucose levels after meals. Nat-ural insulin production also is insufficient to handle insulin resistance. “Early insulin replacement is an evolving strategy for

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