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From Southeast Ohio, USA:

I have a concern about a relative who suddenly had a seizure and whose sugar levels are jumping around. If a person who does not have diabetes is given insulin, can this cause problems? Can this cause the pancreas to not work properly? Can this cause seizures Can insulin cause a problem if it is taken other than by injection?


Taking insulin when you do not need it, for example in a person who does not have diabetes, will have the same blood glucose lowering effect. Depending on the type of insulin, the effect may be for just a few hours or much longer.


Additional comments from Dr. Donough O'Brien:

Injected insulin in a person who does not have diabetes can cause severe hypoglycemia sufficient to lead to a seizure. Insulin by mouth would not be a danger; but with the proper device, inhaled insulin could also lead to seizures.


Original posting 29 Apr 2003
Posted to Insulin


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