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What side effects does insulin therapy for gestational diabetes have?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Low blood sugar is the most common side effect of insulin. It is more common in people who have irregular eating patterns, those who exercise without adjusting their food intake or insulin dosage, and people being treated with intensive insulin therapy.

Insulin injections can cause an allergic reaction, such as itching, swelling, redness, stinging, or warmth at the site of the injection. These reactions usually occur in the first three weeks after beginning injections and disappear within a few days or weeks.

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