Whats in diabetic medication?!

Question: Whats in diabetic medication.?
i take insulin every day and don't know what im putting into my body
i know what it does but nothing else,i only heard it comes from sheep.Health Question & Answer

Unless the bottle of insulin SAYS is from animal origin, don't worry about it. In years past, insulin was obtained for beef or pork, but I've never heard of it coming from sheep.

Most insulin today are of 'human' origins - human dna was introduced to special bacteria which then produce human insulin as a byproduct. It is safe to use. The bottle will indicate this by saying 'human insulin' and/or 'recombinat DNA origin'.

The insulin is suspended in a solution (probably saline, which is safe) and may have a preservative (which is also safe).Health Question & Answer

If you suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, you may have been prescribed one of the following drugs:

Other names include Amaryl, Chlorpropamide, Diabinese, Tolazamide, Tolinase, Acetohexamide, Glipizide, Glucotrol, Tolbutamide Orinase, Glimepiride, Glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase), Glibenclamide, and Gliclazide.

Other names include include Prandin (Repaglinide), Starlix (Nateglinide), and Mitiglinide

Other names include Metformin and Glucophage.

Other names inlcude Rosiglitazone, Avandia, Pioglitazone and Actos.

Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors
Other names include Acarbose, Precose, Glucobay, Miglitol and Glyset.

Type 1 Diabetes, (sometimes called Juvenile Diabetes) is usually found in young children and teenagers, but can also occur later in life.

In Type 1 Diabetes, your body is not producing insulin, a hormone needed to convert blood sugar into energy. Normally this hormone is produced by cells in your pancreas, but for some reason this is not happening as it should.

As the glucose in your blood can't be converted into energy and absorbed by your cells, it builds up causing high blood sugar.

Left untreated, high blood sugar can cause serious long-term health problems.

The normal treatment for people with type 1 diabetes is daily injections of insulin which keeps the blood sugar level within normal ranges.

Finding out you have diabetes can be upsetting, but it should not prevent you from living a long and happy life.Health Question & Answer

Synthetic "human" insulin is now manufactured for widespread clinical use using genetic engineering techniques using recombinant DNA technology, which the manufacturers claim reduces the presence of many impurities.
Unlike many medicines, insulin cannot be taken orally. Like nearly all other proteins introduced into the gastrointestinal tract, it is reduced to fragments (even single amino acid components), whereupon all 'insulin activity' is lost. There has been some research into ways to protect insulin from the digestive tract, so that it can be administered in a pill. So far this is entirely experimental.
Insulin is usually taken as subcutaneous injections by single-use syringes with needles, an insulin pump, or by repeated-use insulin pens with needles.
Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Insulin injection is in a class of medications called hormones. Insulin injection is used to take the place of insulin that is normally produced by the body. It works by helping move sugar from the blood into other body tissues where it is used for energy. It also stops the liver from producing more sugar. All of the types of insulin that are available work in this way. The types of insulin differ only in how quickly they begin to work and how long they continue to control blood sugar.(MedlinePlus)Health Question & Answer

insulin increases the amount of glucose (for energy, nutrition etc.) uptake in your blood so that you don't waste any of it in the urine etc. Your cells which produce insulin are damaged OR the insulin receptors in your body aren't functional. Therefore you need the medication

hope that helpsHealth Question & Answer

Everyone has already answered, but no worries - insulin is natural and is an antagonist to sugar/glucose in your body. You have to have insulin in order to properly utilize glucose/sugar. You inject a synthetic form of insulin to help with the process.Health Question & Answer

its a synthetic version of the hormone insulin that the body would usually produce naturally. it used to be pigs insulin but these days its pretty much all human insulin.

insulin is a protein!Health Question & Answer

type 2 diabetes have metformin tablets to keep their blood sugar glucose levels at the correct amount that they should beHealth Question & Answer

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