Insulin and You
 

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Using Insulin
The Need for Insulin
Types of insulin
Different Types of Insulin & How They Work
Basal Insulin
Bolus Insulin
Pre-mixed Insulin
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Different types of insulin and how they work

Some types of insulin act quickly to match the rise in blood glucose after a meal. Other types act more slowly to control blood glucose throughout the night and day. Your doctor will prescribe the insulin that is best for you.

  • A basal insulin dose provides long-lasting control of overnight and fasting (morning) glucose levels.
  • Bolus doses provide control of more immediate rises in glucose levels. For example, to cover meals.
  • A late-day basal insulin injection is a common first step in insulin therapy. Throughout the day your body may still be able to keep your blood glucose under control with or without diabetes pills. But you may need a basal insulin injection to help keep your glucose steady throughout the night.
  • A pre-mixed insulin is a combination of a basal insulin and a fast-acting insulin that offers the convenience of both precise and consistent dosing.

   
 

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