Monday, January 21, 2013
Diabetes Education: Isulin
Boaz takes two different types of insulin each day: long-acting insulin and rapid acting insulin. Long-acting insulin, such as Lantus (there are others but this is what Boaz takes) is given once a day and keeps his blood sugar steady all day. Some people take it at nighttime and others in the morning. Boaz takes it in the morning so that it will not cause his sugar to drop in the middle of the night. Typically Lantus does not peak and it lasts 24 hours. Lantus only provides a base for rapid- acting insulin, so he must also take rapid-acting insulin every day, before each meal. Usually, Humalog peaks after about 1 hour and lasts 2-3 hours.