What are Insulin side effects in diabetes

Insulin, a crucial medication for managing diabetes, is administered via injection due to its inability to be effectively absorbed orally. However, like many medications, insulin is not without its side effects.

Common side effects of insulin include:

  1. Pain or discomfort at the injection site.
  2. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), which can occur if a sufficient meal is not consumed after injection or if the dosage is too high.
  3. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels), which may result from an inadequate insulin dosage.
  4. Weight gain, an undesirable effect associated with insulin therapy.
  5. Skin reactions, such as irritation or redness, at the injection site.
  6. Skin changes, including thickening or pitting, at the injection site.
  7. Insulin resistance, a condition where higher insulin doses are required over time to control blood sugar levels.
  8. Allergic reactions to insulin, which can be potentially serious and require immediate medical attention.

It’s important for individuals using insulin to be aware of these potential side effects and to discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider. Dr. Poonam Sachdeva, our resident medical expert, offers insights into the management and understanding of diabetes.