ANCHOR LEAD: DIFFERENT INSULINS ARE APPROPRIATE AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People with diabetes who take insulin may need to consider which type of insulin they select depending on whether they’ve recently eaten, are planning to eat, or are getting ready to go to bed. That’s according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
GOLDEN: They looked at the different glucoses throughout the day so if they looked at what’s called the postprandial glucose, so that’s glucose two hours after you eat, they found that the premixed analog, so that’s the engineered form, was better at lowering the glucose after meals than the human insulin premixed form, and that is probably because the engineered one has a very rapid short acting insulin in it so we can lower glucose right after you’ve eaten, which is what our pancreas would normally do. :30
The human form of premixed insulin may be better for bedtime, Golden says, but talk with your physician. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.