Types Of Insulin And More

Which Insulin is better, animal or human?

Two types of animal Insulin are available, one is bovine and the other is porcine. They have slight structural difference with human Insulin. So far the efficacy is concerned, there is little difference. Allergy to human Insulin is very rare but can happen with animal Insulin.
The main reason for using animal Insulin was the cost, now that the cost of human Insulin has dropped, we rarely use animal Insulin.

What is the advantage of Insulin Pen?

Pen Insulin is very convenient to carry and very helpful for working class people. Insulin is the same but the delivery system is different. It is little costlier than conventional Insulin.

What happens if I miss an injection?

Do not panic, if you have done so. You are not the first person. Try not to forget, it alters your control very much. If you have an access to check sugar either in lab or by pricking your finger, please do so that you know where do you stand and take appropriate step.

Are there any other new medications available for Diabetes?

The search for a new medicine for Diabetes is a never ending process. A new medicine is available which belongs to the incretin family. Incretins are a type of gastrointestinal hormone that cause an increase in the amount of insulin released from the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans after eating, even before blood glucose levels become elevated. They also slow the rate of absorption of nutrients into the blood stream by reducing gastric emptying and may directly reduce food intake. As expected, they also inhibit glucagon release from the alpha cells of the Islets of Langerhans medicines is called as GLP1 analogue. The advantage is that it is weight neutral, but it has to be taken in the form of an injection.

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Story first published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 17:16 [IST]
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