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Clinician’s Corner: GLUCAGON: THE BASICS

Simply put, glucagon raises blood sugars. Glucagon increases glucose by mobilizing conversion of sugar (glycogen) stored in the liver. Glucagon is administered for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia, especially for patients unable to swallow. Up until 2019, glucagon could only be administered as an injection that needed reconstituted.  This...

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Clinician’s Corner: Basal Insulin

The human body spends about 12 hours in the fasting state, and the other 12 hours in the “fed state”. In April 2000, the biggest change in diabetes therapy since the introduction of human insulin in the early 1980’s occurred.  Lantus (insulin glargine) came to the market. NPH insulin...

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Clinician’s Corner: Insulin

HISTORY:  Frederick Banting (who was an orthopedic surgeon), Charles Best, James Collip, and John Macleod are credited with the monumental discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto in 1922.  The discovery was followed shortly after by the successful large-scale production of insulin in 1923 by the USA company...

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