Insulin – Myths And Facts!

Insulin – Myths And Facts!


By Dr. Arun Kumar Singh,Endocrinology

Many diabetics are prescribed insulin injections. Though insulin is a common form of treatment for diabetes, there are a number of myths surrounding it.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these myths.

Myth 1: Insulin is required only for those people who do not take good care of themselves​
Fact - Type 2 diabetes is a disease that cannot be cured. With time, pancreas fails to produce insulin in response to oral medicines. Thus, no matter how well a type 2 diabetic patient may take care of himself or herself, they may eventually need insulin. Thus, being prescribed insulin does not mean that you have not taken care of yourself.

Myth 2: Insulin injections are painful
Fact - The needles used to administer insulin are very thin and small. Most patients gradually get so used to administering the injections that they do not feel any pain at all.

Myth 3: You can get addicted to insulin
Fact - Insulin is a natural hormone that is essential for your health. This is a natural substance and not something you can get addicted to. Giving yourself more insulin than necessary will not make you feel good but will instead make you feel worse. If you fear, people judging you as a drug addict when they see you injecting yourself in public, ask your doctor about getting an insulin pen.

Myth 4: You cannot travel if you are taking insulin
Fact - Taking insulin does not mean that you can no longer travel and live independently. Insulin should not be frozen or stored under direct sunlight. It can be stored at room temperature for a few weeks. As long as the insulin is stored properly there is nothing that can keep you from enjoying your normal lifestyle.

Myth 5: Once you start taking insulin, you will have to take it for the rest of your life
Fact - Some people do need to take insulin for all their life but not everyone. Diabetes can be managed with a controlled diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If you can improve the status of your diabetes with a healthy lifestyle and regular insulin, you may not need to take it forever. Insulin may also be prescribed to some women who are diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy. In such cases, the prescription is temporary.