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From Nepean, Ontario, Canada:

My four year old stepson has had diabetes for a year and is currently getting injections at breakfast and at supper. Are there long-term side effects from excessive insulin use?


By definition, excessive insulin use is a bad idea. It can result in obesity, and, in the short term, is likely to be associated with frequent hypoglycaemic episodes -- something to be avoided. On the other hand, the use of insulin in type 1 diabetes is literally life saving, and there is no evidence that proper use of therapeutic doses of insulin is harmful.


Original posting 18 Apr 2002
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