What should I know about insulin before taking it?

Insulin works by lowering blood sugar, and as a result, there is some risk of lowering your blood sugar too much. This is a condition called hypoglycemia, which causes dizziness and shakiness, weakness, hunger, and sweating, among other symptoms. You should be familiar with the symptoms of hypoglycemia and what to do if you experience them.

In addition, several factors affect the insulin dose you need, including liver and kidney problems, exercise, food intake, and stress. If there are changes in your lifestyle of health that may affect your blood sugar, discuss this with your doctor. It is very important that you follow your doctor's exact instructions when injecting insulin.

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