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Mother gives insulin injection to young daughter

Mother gives insulin injection to young daughter

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SATURN STILLS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SATURN STILLS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Insulin injection. Young girl suffering from diabetes mellitus, is given an insulin injection in the leg by her mother. She is using a novopen to administer the insulin. The novopen 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 helps convert blood sugar to energy. Diabetes is a condition in which too little insulin is made. The consequence of this is that the body uses fats as an alternative to sugar. This causes a massive ketone build-up leading to convulsions and coma. The treatment is a strict diet and regular doses of insulin.

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