Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to move from the bloodstream into body cells where it can be used for energy. When you have diabetes, your body either can’t make insulin or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly. This results in too much glucose in the bloodstream.

When you begin using insulin you will need to be in contact with your doctor and diabetes educator regularly to help work out the right dose for you.

It will take some time to adjust to using insulin injections (or an insulin pump) and it’s normal to feel anxious to begin with. Your diabetes health professionals and your family and friends can provide the support you need.

Read more in our Insulin factsheet.

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