AskNadia: Does Levemir Last Longer Than Lantus

Dear Nadia: Which lasts longer: Levemir or Lantus? Kabir Dear Kabir: Although many people have asked this question, the answer depends on indirect comparisons from studies that compared insulin detemir (Levemir) from Novo Nordisk and insulin glargine (Lantus) from Sanofi. The two are basal insulins designed to provide a constant background level of insulin throughout an extended period, in both cases, 24 hours. They are

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AskNadia: I Accidentally Took 50 Units of Insulin

I was on my way to get into the tub when I realized it was time to take my insulin. I’m supposed to take 10 units and I accidentally took 50 units of my Humalog. I’m trying not to PANIC what should I do? La-Tascha Dear La-Tascha, Some people with diabetes, who take insulin, fear exactly what you just did; accidentally overdosing their insulin requirements.

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Type 2: Dealing With Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is commonly perceived as a concern for people with type 1, not type 2, diabetes. However, hypos are a potential risk for anyone using insulin, and approximately 50 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are insulin-dependent. Recent research suggests that many of these patients are unaware of the risks and symptoms of hypoglycemia. According to a survey data from

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AskNadia: Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover the OmniPod Insulin Pump

Whys doesn’t Medicare cover the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump?  I sure wish it was covered. Cathy diabeteshealth.com Subscriber Dear Cathy, Medicare has their own formula for calculating what is medically necessary for medical devices, which they classify as “Durable Medical Equipment” also known as DME. Insulin pumps and blood glucose meters are classified as medically necessary under the Medicare DME coverage. Medication like insulin for

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After Twenty-one Years With Type 2 Diabetes, Bonny Damocles Feels Better Than Ever

Diabetes Health Staff Bonny Damocles, a longtime fan of TV shows like “Wild Kingdom,” looked at his type 2 diabetes diagnosis as his opportunity to take a walk on the wild side. When the Michigan resident learned that he had diabetes more than two decades ago, he immediately began thinking about how lions survive in the wild as inspiration for his own diet plan. Taking

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Weekly Dulaglutide Performs Well in Comparison to Daily Liraglutide

A comparison of the effects on A1c between users of once-weekly dulaglutide (made by Eli Lilly and Company) and once-daily liraglutide (sold as Victoza from Novo Nordisk) shows that both drugs have very similar effects. Researchers at Ohio State University conducted a nine-country study of 599 type 2 patients, aged 18 years and older, with A1c’s between 7% and 10%, and taking at least 1,500

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Fewer Hypoglycemic Episodes With One Insulin in Head-to-Head Comparison

A recently completed study that compared two types of insulin for treating inadequately controlled type 2 patients showed that insulin degludec/insulin aspart produced fewer instances of hypoglycemia than biphasic insulin aspart 30. However, both types of insulin were equally effective at controlling A1c’s. The international study, conducted by researchers from Australia, Denmark, Finland, India, and Poland, conducted a 26-week trial on type 2 patients whose mean

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