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What are the benefits of using insulin instead of other diabetic medications?


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Answered by

Dr. Nagaraj

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At October 16, 2022
Reviewed AtAugust 14, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My uncle had diabetes. His glucose level had been around 400 mg/dL or 450 mg/dL four months ago, and he was taking Metformin. However, he recently had a leg injury. During his treatment, he was prescribed insulin, and at home, he received insulin shots. As a result, his sugar levels decreased to 90 mg/dL the day before. So there has been a significant change. What is the cause of this shift? What makes insulin superior to Metformin? Why is an excellent result seen soon after using insulin?

Answered by Dr. Nagaraj


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Any acute condition (such as a leg injury in your case) or high blood sugar levels should be treated with insulin as soon as possible. All medications work by either releasing internal body insulin or improving insulin utilization. When insulin is administered directly, it immediately acts on blood sugar to lower it. In simple terms, insulin has direct action, whereas other drugs have indirect effects influenced by various body functions.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Nagaraj
Dr. Nagaraj


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