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Why should I take insulin if I have diabetes?

If you have type 1 diabetes, you need insulin to live every day. Without insulin, your body can't get fuel from food.

If you have type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, your doctor has determined that your body needs extra help processing glucose. Adding insulin to your treatment plan will do this. Like your other diabetes medications, it helps control your blood glucose and lowers the chance that your diabetes will cause serious problems.

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