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Yes, and alpha cells are what send the message to the liver to start producing glucagon when sugars drop.
The answer is going to vary depending on the patient because the dosages and times are going to be different depending on the individual patients needs. For ex. Lantus is a long acting basal insulin which is usually given in one dose at bedtime and lasts up to 24 hours. But sometime you will see the dose given in the morning or sometimes even split and given in the morning and before bedtime. Again it just depends. As for Humalog/Novolog short acting insulin it is given as a bolus at meal times (covering carbohydrate intake) and as a correction when the blood glucose levels are high. Hope this helps.
At the hospital I work at it's our policy to never hold Lantus insulin even if a pt is NPO. It's a long acting basal insulin which won't immediately drop the blood glucose. If you give the patient the injection and juice to bring up the blood glucoe the patient will be fine and the Lantus won't continue to decrese the blood glucose.
Alpha cells work in response to beta cells. So if there are no beta cells then the alpha cells can't function properly.
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