What Are The Different Types Of Insulin?
The Diabetes Forum - find support, ask questions and share your experiences with 250,009 people. Join the Forum A There are a number of types of insulin available. From rapid acting to long acting, from animal insulin through to analogue insulins. Insulin can be categorised by how the insulin is derived and how quickly it acts. Each of these types of insulin can also be categorised by the speed at which they works. This is termed the action of the insulin. Action of insulin varies from rapid acting insulins which can start to work almost immediately after being injected, through to long acting insulins which can keep working for up to a day, and some can last even longer. The second type of insulin is animal insulin, which is taken from the pancreas of animals. Analogue insulin is a form of human insulin in which the molecules are chemically altered so that the insulin works in a particular way. Different types of insulin can have different durations of effectiveness. Rapid acting insulin tends to work over around 5 to 6 hours whereas long acting insulin can work for around 24 hours. It is useful to know the time period which the insulin acts over so you can plan your doses and acc Continue reading >>