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Insulin injection. Seven year old boy suffering from diabetes mellitus, gives himself an insulin injection in the abdomen. His four year old brother watches. The boy uses a novopen to administer the insulin. This is a pen- like device which meters out the correct dose of insulin from portable cartridges. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas which converts blood sugar to energy. Diabetes is the condition where too little insulin is made. The consequence of this is the body uses fats as an alternative to sugar. This causes massive ketone build up leading to convulsions and coma. The treatment is a strict diet and regular doses of insulin.
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