Long-Acting Insulin for Treatment of Diabetes: Ultralente Insulins - Insulin Glargine (Lantus) Effects on Blood Glucose Levels

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Long-Acting Insulin

Action of Long-Acting Insulin

This type of insulin starts working within 6 hours and provides a continuous level of insulin activity for up to 36 hours. Long-acting insulin operates at maximum strength after about 8-12 hours, sometimes longer.

UltraLente Long-Acting Insulin

One commercial type of long-acting insulin is ULTRALENTE (from the Latin ultra, meaning very; lente, meaning slow).

ULTRALENTE is designed to provide a continuous (but) low level of insulin control using only one injection a day. That said, most diabetics who use ULTRALENTE insulin also use short-acting insulin at meal times.

Lantus Long-Acting Insulin

A new, long-acting insulin known as insulin glargine (brand name LANTUS) was approved for use in May 2000. LANTUS works continuously, without peaking, in a way that "copies" the natural background insulin-secretion of the pancreas. Despite its long-lasting effect, LANTUS starts working quite rapidly.

For more, see Types of Commercial Insulin

Warning: Always consult your doctor or diabetes counselor about which type of insulin is best for your diabetes.

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