What is glucagon and how is it used?

Glucagon is a hormone that's injected in the same way as insulin, only it has the opposite effect of insulin. It raises the blood sugar. It's used to resuscitate diabetics who are unconscious because of low blood sugar.

Even if you never use it, glucagon is a nice security blanket. (It requires a prescription.) Just be sure whoever might be giving you an injection of glucagon knows where you keep it and how to administer it. And caution your family members or friends that if you're in insulin shock and unconscious, they should inject glucagon rather than trying to force liquid or food down your throat. An unconscious person cannot swallow and may choke to death.


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