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Insulin secreted by salivary glands
vgail523 posted:
Last month, I received the news from my physician that my A1c has increased to 10.1. I take Novlin 70/30 insulin. My doctor increased my dosage from 20 units twice a day (morning and evening meals) to 40 units in the morning and 35 units in the evening. I have been experiencing this awful taste in my mouth that I didn't have before. Is it possible that the insulin is being secreted by my salivary glands?
nutrijoy responded:
I have never heard of insulin being secreted in the saliva. However, an alien "taste" (more like a "burning-like" sensation around the tongue area) has been reported by some insulin users. When asked to check their blood glucose level, it was usually low (typically under 50) so the "taste" could be associated with hypoglycemia. For you to have an A1c of 10.1, you must not be checking your blood glucose levels very frequently. In my book, your diabetes is completely out of control. In order to improve control as well as avoid hypoglycemic episodes, you really need to check your blood glucose levels more frequently (Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has new patients testing blood sugars as often as ten times per day) until you develop a reliable history/track record of how insulin and various foods affect you personally. In addition, good control requires dynamic (NOT static/fixed) doses of insulin to match your meal contents. This is something you have to work with your doctor on but it sounds like you both need to get better educated on this particular aspect of your regimen. This is just my personal opinion and not necessarily something you can take to the bank.

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