Case study illustrates insulin self-harm risk

Hypoglycaemia caused by deliberate insulin overdose is under-recognised in young people with diabetes because it is often attributed to poor compliance or lifestyle issues.

John Hunter Hospital researchers report the case of a 24-year-old woman who had 3-4 hypoglycaemic episodes a week despite doctors adjusting the dose and timing of her medication.

Her blood glucose levels fluctuated wildly, ranging