Diabetes ABCs

Diabetes ABCs: G

Glucagon
By Eileen B. Wyner, NP
Bulfinch Medical Group

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Glucagon is a hormone produced in the pancreas.  It’s used to raise very low blood sugar and is available as a prescription medication to be given as an injection into the thigh. It comes as a powder and liquid that needs to be mixed up right before using it.  Glucagon is given to a person who is unconscious from severe low blood sugar and should be administered as soon as possible after determining this situation. This is an urgent medical situation and 911 should be called.