Insulin

All insulin treatments lower blood glucose but different types of insulin last for shorter or longer periods of time. Learn about how different types of insulin are used to treat diabetes.

Insulin Treatment in Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes completely damages the pancreas, an organ responsible for making insulin. For that reason, persons with type 1 diabetes cannot produce any insulin on their own. Every patient with type 1 diabetes depends on injections of insulin so that glucose can be...

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Insulin Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes

The decision to take insulin is never an easy one. For many patients, it comes after years of having type 2 diabetes and trying multiple weight-loss regimens, diets, and oral medications. For other patients, the decision to take insulin is made when blood glucose...

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Basal Insulins (Intermediate and Long-Acting)

Who? Intermediate- and long-acting (basal) insulins are recommended for patients with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. They may also be used in other types of diabetes (i.e. steroid-induced). Persons with type 1 diabetes generally use intermediate-acting...

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Bolus Insulins (Short-Acting and Rapid-Acting)

Who? Short-acting (Regular) and rapid-acting insulins (Aspart, Lispro, Glulisine) are recommended for patients with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. They may also be used in other types of diabetes. Persons with type 1 diabetes often use insulin regular or...

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