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Why is glucagon important for people with diabetes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Glucagon is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It is important to know about this hormone if you have type 2 diabetes and take insulin as part of your treatment. From time to time, you may experience low blood glucose, or blood sugar. Many factors can cause your blood sugar to drop, such as irregular eating or exercise habits, too much alcohol or an improper dose of medication. If your blood sugar is dangerously low and you are experiencing severe symptoms, an injection of glucagon will quickly raise your blood sugar. If you take insulin, talk to your doctor about a glucagon kit. Keep one at home and other places you frequent.

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