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When did you last refill your glucagon prescription?

 
     

Within the last year

 
 

71%

 

454

 
     

Within the last two years

 
 

7%

 

48

 
     

More than two years ago

 
 

3%

 

21

 
     

I've never refilled it

 
 

4%

 

30

 
     

I do not have a glucagon prescription

 
 

8%

 

52

 
     

I don't know what glucagon is

 
 

4%

 

26

 
 

When did you last refill your glucagon prescription?

Poll dates: March 10 - 17, 2002
Total Votes: 631

Glucagon is a hormone that raises the level of glucose in the blood. The alpha cells of the pancreas, in areas called the islets of Langerhans, make glucagon when the body needs to put more sugar into the blood.

Everyone who uses insulin should have a Glucagon Emergency Kit for Diabetic Insulin Reaction on hand at all times to counteract severe hypoglycemia that causes loss of consciousness, or if sugar cannot be given. Kids should also have a glucagon kit at school.

A study published in Diabetes Care in 2001 entitled Mini-Dose Glucagon Rescue for Hypoglycemia in Children With Type 1 Diabetes reported that small doses of glucagon are effective in staving off hypoglycemia in kids who cannot eat due to illness.

We last ran this poll in March 2001, with very similar results.

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