When Is Insulin an Appropriate Choice?
To help control blood sugar, people with diabetes should maintain a healthy diet
and be physically active. If you have been having problems getting to your blood
sugar goal, your doctor may suggest insulin therapy. Insulin therapy helps keep
your blood sugar levels in the right range. The kind of insulin therapy you need
may depend upon your diabetes type, your schedule, and other health conditions.
Why control blood sugar levels?
With diabetes, your blood sugar levels may go up and down throughout the day and
night. Your doctor may have told you how important it is to keep your blood sugar
within a certain range. High blood sugar levels can result in serious health problems. Low blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia,
can lead to shakiness or fainting.
Staying close to your blood sugar goal and testing frequently can help prevent the
long-term health problems associated with diabetes. It can be challenging at
times to keep your blood sugar within range. Things that you’re probably already
doing, such as maintaining a nutritious diet and exercising regularly, are helpful
for controlling blood sugar. When you need tighter control, insulin therapy may
help you get to your blood sugar goal.
Long-acting insulin therapy
A long-acting basal insulin therapy like Levemir® FlexPen® can help you lower your
blood sugar levels and get to your goal. For people with type 2 diabetes, one dose
before bedtime helps keep their blood sugar level consistent throughout the day
and night, for up to 24 hours. This can keep your blood sugar levels from getting
too high and causing serious health issues.