Should I monitor my blood sugar when taking Humulin?

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You should regularly monitor your blood sugar when taking Humulin, which is a synthetic form of insulin that helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar. Having very high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or very low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) means your diabetes isn’t being properly controlled. Your prescription may need to be adjusted.

Certain things can affect your blood sugar level. These include stress, illness, exercising less than usual or eating more than usual. Symptoms of high blood sugar include increased thirst, increased urination and high levels of sugar in the urine. Symptoms of dangerously low blood sugar include confusion, loss of consciousness and seizures. If left untreated, hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia can lead to coma or death.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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