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Insulin is an important hormone that helps keep blood sugar within normal levels. However, people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes may not produce enough of it, and they may need to take it as a medication to keep their blood sugar under control. There are many different types of this medication available, including some that act quickly and others that stay in the body for a longer period of time. Possible side effects may include weight gain and reactions at the injection site.
What Is Insulin?Insulin is an important hormone made by the pancreas. It is also a medication (actually, a group of medications) used to treat diabetes. There are many different types of these medications, which vary in how quickly they start to work and how long they last in the body.
Who Makes Insulin?Currently, all of the insulin medications sold in the United States are made by one of the following three manufacturers:
- Eli Lilly and Company
- Novo Nordisk