This fact sheet provides information on diabetes and insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to move from the bloodstream into the body’s cells, where it can be used for energy. When you have diabetes, your pancreas either can’t make any or enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly. This results in too much glucose in the bloodstream.
Starting insulin can be challenging, and it’s understandable if you feel anxious. At the beginning, you will need to be in regular contact with your doctor and diabetes educator to help work out the right dose for you.
It can also take time to adjust to using insulin injections (or an insulin pump) and your new routine. Your diabetes health professionals and your family and friends can provide the support you need.
Read more in our insulin fact sheet.