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Is Lantus A Basal Insulin?

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How it works: Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates cells in the body to remove glucose from the blood for storage or usage. Normally, insulin is released when the body has high amounts of sugar in the blood, such as after a meal, to bring levels back into a normal range. Who uses it: People with type 1 diabetes and some people with type 2 diabetes use insulin. In-Depth Article: Insulins Unplugged – an overview of the different varieties of insulin available today. Other articles: FDA Approves New Insulin Glargine Basaglar - First "Biosimilar" Insulin in the US Basal vs. Prandial: Insulins can be divided into two categories based on function: basal (long-acting insulin) and prandial (rapid-acting or “mealtime” insulin). Basal insulin is designed to be injected once or twice daily to provide a constant level of insulin action throughout the day. Basal insulin helps keep blood sugars at a consistent level when you are not eating, but it is not enough to cover glucose spikes after mealtime. Prandial insulins, on the other hand, are taken at mealtime and act rapidly on the body, serving to bring down the high sugar levels following meals. Analog vs. Human 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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