Long-acting insulin

For some people living with type 2 diabetes, the body makes very little insulin by itself. In this case, a doctor may recommend starting insulin treatment to help the body absorb sugar.

There are lots of different insulin treatment options. If you start insulin treatment, you’ll have a routine that’s tailored specifically to you and your needs. 


Types of insulin are generally grouped together based on:

When they start to work (onset of action)

When they have the greatest effect on blood sugar (time of peak action)

How long they work (duration of action)

Long-acting insulin is a treatment that keeps the body at a steady, low level of insulin all the time. It’s also sometimes called basal insulin. Long-acting insulin, as the name suggests, keeps working for a very long time, and is usually taken only once or twice a day. This is to make sure that your blood sugar doesn’t get too high throughout the day. 

It's important to be aware that there are different types of insulin.


Injecting insulin

Insulin is an injectable medicine (made up of insulin hormone suspended in a solution), meaning that you use a “pen” to inject it at home. The pens vary in style, design and features. Some come with insulin already pre-filled, and some you fill yourself. 

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to recommend the pen and injection schedule which will best suit your lifestyle, and will fully train you on injecting.

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