Which Insulin Is Long Acting

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What are Insulin Insulin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and can also be given by injection as a treatment for diabetes. Naturally-occurring insulin is made by the beta cells of the Islets of Langerhans located in the pancreas. It helps the cells of the body to uptake glucose (sugar) found in the carbohydrates we eat so that it can be used as energy or stored for later use. Insulin also controls glucose release from the liver. One of the main roles of insulin is to keep blood glucose levels from going too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). People with type 1 diabetes do not make enough insulin to satisfy their body's needs or make none at all. Insulin given by injection acts similarly to naturally occurring insulin. There are more than 20 different types of insulin available for diabetes treatment in the United States. The various types of insulin differ in several ways: such as source (animal, human or genetically engineered), the time for insulin to take effect and the length of time the insulin remains working (ie, rapid acting, short acting, intermediate acting, long acting or very long acting). Insulin is used to treat Type 1 diabetes and it may be Continue reading >>

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  1. luckydave08312

    units of insulin

    Hi im Dave.I would like to know if 28 units of insulin is an average dose.plus i take 2000 mg of metformin per day...im 5'7" and 290 lbs.any feed back on this would be nice..Thank You

  2. Kaki

    28 units is a start, I'm sure you will need an increase over time, and you are at the maximum metformin dosage, really need to know what your bs levels are presently to even think about making a determination of how many units of insulin you need, everyone is different, I am thinking you are probably talking about lantus, as it is once a day insulin. Are you counting carbs at this point too? If not, should be.

  3. Rob

    There is NO way in which you can determine what an average dose is. Every person with diabetes has to figure out what their own body needs. What you do at the beginning is start low, and then up the dose gradually. It will depend upon how much insulin resistance you have, how many carbs you eat, how much insulin your body is producing.
    Moving up gradually is usually started by your doctor suggesting small jumps, one or two units. If you jump it several times and it has no noticable effect, then he will have you jump up 5 units at a time. If that doesn't work, I would then check with your doctor, because you don't want it to take a month or two to figure out how much insulin you need, but neither do you want to get dangerous lows. And meter FREQUENTLY, at least until you have this largely figured out.

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