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Welcome to week 4

Welcome to week 4.

This week we explore the factors affecting insulin performance and the side effects that the use of insulin can be associated with.

You will discover …

  • the importance of looking out for any ‘physical’ barriers to insulin effectiveness including how insulin is stored and potential problems with insulin administration devices e.g. pens and cartridges

  • the metabolic factors that can affect the action of insulin

  • the psychological and behavioural reasons that can result in a person who has diabetes displaying an unexplained high blood glucose level

  • what hypoglycaemia is and how Carlos described an episode of hypoglycaemia, why hypoglycaemia happens and how it can be treated

  • how insulin treatment can result in weight gain and how Seema is trying to minimise weight gain after she has recently started using insulin

  • how allergic reactions to insulin are a rare occurrence but are important to look out for

  • why it is important to control the amount of glucose in the blood as much as possible over the long term in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Please remember: As stated in the step 1.2 disclaimer, given that this is a resource to inform learners about insulin, it is natural that diabetes will be mentioned throughout. Saying that, information about diabetes will not be covered in detail; neither will other diabetes treatments, as the key focus here is insulin.

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Understanding Insulin

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