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Seema: living with diabetes

For a number of years, Seema treated her diabetes by reducing unhealthy dietary choices and trying to increase her physical activity, which could both help to improve blood glucose handling and preserve her own ability to produce insulin.

Seema walking with the aid of a stick to increase her physical activity Figure: Seema increasing her physical activity


Experiencing hyperglycaemia

Medications were also used that might help her pancreas to produce more insulin, help her body be more responsive to insulin and stop her liver from releasing excess glucose into the blood.

However, she goes to see her doctor as she is concerned that she has been experiencing symptoms of hyperglycaemia.

Comic strip of Seema experiencing symptoms of hyperglycaemia and describing symptoms

Comic strip of Seema feeling drowsy and going to toilet a lot and confirming suffering from persistent high sugar


Subsequent treatment with insulin

After 10 years of type 2 diabetes, her pancreas is no longer able to produce enough insulin to control blood glucose levels.

Her doctor started her on once daily long acting insulin injections at bedtime.

Comic strip of Seema feeling drowsy and going to toilet a lot and confirming suffering from persistent high sugar Figure: once daily basal insulin graph

This resulted in a marked improvement in blood glucose levels with an associated reduction of symptoms of hyperglycaemia.

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Understanding Insulin

University of Southampton

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