insulin Basics

A collection of resources designed to help you better understand insulin and how it can fit into everyday life

whether you make it, take it, or both,


Insulin is a hormone your body makes to use or store the sugar it gets from food. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make its own insulin. But if you have type 2 diabetes, your body can still make its own insulin; it just doesn’t use it as well or may not make enough.

When your body needs insulin, there are ways to help replace it. One of them is long-acting insulin.

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Join Barry as he takes you through a day in the life of an insulin beginner and helps clear up some insulin misconceptions you may have along the way. Just watch the video below.

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Have a question (or 2 or 10) about insulin? Take advantage of our Insulin Basics Consultation, where you will talk with a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE). This health professional is an expert in diabetes management and will be able to:

  • Address any concerns you have about adding insulin to your treatment plan
  • Answer your questions about insulin
  • Discuss common myths you may have heard about insulin

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Join Michelle and Tony as they take you through their real-life transition to long-acting insulin for their type 2 diabetes, how they overcame their concerns about insulin, and how they’re living now.