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Insulin

Insulin is a hormone you make in your pancreas, a gland just below your stomach. It helps your body use the energy from glucose, by moving it out of your blood and into your muscle and fat cells. If you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin, or your insulin stops working properly, so your blood glucose levels keep rising.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2016.

In this section

Starting insulin

Storing & handling insulin

How to inject insulin

What are the alternatives to insulin for type 2 diabetes?

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