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Basal Insulins

Lantus and Levemir are long-acting insulins that supply the background insulin needed to supply cells with glucose around the clock while preventing release of excess glucose from the liver and excess fat from fat cells. The waking glucose level best measures the activity of these insulins. All Type 1s and many Type 2s also require a faster insulin (Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra) to cover meals and lower any high glucose. Some Type 2s who have adequate insulin production do well with one of these long-acting insulins, plus oral medications or a daily or weekly injection of a GLP-1 agonist. Lantus® insulin (glargine) made by Sanofi-Aventis is promoted as a once a day background insulin. However, many users find that it does not last a full 24 hours for them and these users often notice a peak in activity about 6-8 hours after the injection. If once a day injection is giving you good control, there is no need to change and a bedtime injection is typically best. For others, splitting the dose and injecting twice a day (usually at breakfast and bedtime) often works better, lessens peaks and gaps in activity, and helps those who cannot inject Lantus within one hour of the same time each Continue reading >>

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  1. Klang180

    Hello
    My last question and poll about this was too long winded and got only one reply so i will keep this one short.
    When do you take your long acting insulin (Lantus, Levemir) and why?

  2. bennyg70

    Alright Klang,
    Ive been taking mine at 9pm, but I found I was running a little high come dinner time say at 6 - 7pm.
    Im guessing that my lantus was burning out after 20 - 22 hours, as my 2 hours after lunch test are normally OK.
    So my thinking is, im now going to take it at 11pm before bed. Hoping that it sees me through till dinner time, and I can deal with the short fall between 9pm and 11pm with my nova at dinner...
    Hope it works!

  3. Klang180

    bennyg70 said:
    Alright Klang,
    Ive been taking mine at 9pm, but I found I was running a little high come dinner time say at 6 - 7pm.
    Im guessing that my lantus was burning out after 20 - 22 hours, as my 2 hours after lunch test are normally OK.
    So my thinking is, im now going to take it at 11pm before bed. Hoping that it sees me through till dinner time, and I can deal with the short fall between 9pm and 11pm with my nova at dinner...
    Hope it works!
    Click to expand... Interesting thanks. I can see that might well work well for you. I actually take mine at 11.30pm ish before i go to bed and i am finding i dip considerably during the night. I have come down from 20 to 15 in total but the issue still occurs. I think it is absorbed too quickly as it then doesn't seem tohave the same effect during teh day and allows my BS to creep up. I am rotating sites more but it is difficult to keep track of where i have and haven't been.
    Anyway good luck Benny!

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