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can anyone enlighten me about taking insulin?

pills are no longer doing the job for me and my doctors want me to take insulin, i am deathly afraid of needles and the thought of injecting myself scares the bee-gees outta me. help i need support....what does it feel like injecting yourself, does it hurt, i know i am a big baby....
Thu, 31 Mar 2011
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Hi.. Insulin injections are given subcutaneously.. Meaning the injection is just injected under the skin... The size of the needles are small not bigger than the tip of a pen.. So when compared to the size of the other needles insulin injection are small in size and are less painfull.  It feels like not more than an ant bite. Also suggest  you to follow a weight reducing exercises. This will reduce the amount of insulin that is needed. Over a period of time your need for insulin may also reduce... All the best...:)

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Pills used in diabetes, either increase the peripheral utilization of blood glucose or increase the insulin secretion from the pancreatic cells.

However, insulin is just replacement in diabetes.
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