While medication assists in helping to manage diabetes, its effectiveness also relies on the appropriate choice of medication, taking your medication as prescribed, reporting side effects and regular review with your doctor.

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Manufactured or human insulin is used in Australia. There are five different types of insulin. Each different type of insulin is different in its onset of action, peak and how long it can last for in the body.

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The aim of keeping well with type 2 diabetes is to keep your blood glucose level in the normal range as often as possible.

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Insulin is a hormone naturally produced in the body by the beta cells of the pancreas. Insulin allows glucose to enter the body's cells where it is used for energy. It also allows excess glucose to be stored in the liver for later use, such as overnight and between meals. A small amount of insulin is released from the pancreas into the bloodstream throughout the day and when food is eaten.

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