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Levemir® FlexPen®

> Can be used by children as young as 2 years old with type 1 diabetes
> Is Pregnancy Category B
> Can be used in combination with a GLP-1 therapy and diabetes pill

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What Is Insulin?

What is diabetes
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An animation that shows how diabetes affects the body.

How insulin affects blood sugar

Insulin is a hormone made naturally in your pancreas. Insulin helps move blood sugar, or glucose, into your cells. Since the body uses blood sugar for fuel, insulin is very important.

Without enough insulin, blood sugar can’t get into your cells. Instead, it stays in your bloodstream. When blood sugar levels are too high, the condition is called hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia can lead to the signs and symptoms of diabetes, like weight loss, feeling extreme thirst or hunger, or needing to go to the bathroom more often.

What are the different types of insulin?

Different insulin therapies are grouped by when they start to work, when their effect on blood sugar is greatest, and how long they work. Insulins available may include:

  • Long-acting (basal). Long-acting insulins, like Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection), work to control blood sugar between meals and when you sleep. It’s taken either once or twice a day at the same time every day, often with your evening meal or at bedtime to help give up to 24-hour insulin coverage. This may be the first insulin prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Rapid or fast-acting (bolus). Fast-acting insulin, like NovoLog®, is taken shortly before mealtime. This insulin works quickly to control the rapid rise in blood sugar after meals. Fast-acting insulin imitates the body’s natural release of insulin at mealtime
  • Premixed. Premixed insulin, like NovoLog® Mix 70/30, combines the action of a fast-acting and long-acting insulin

Why are there different types of insulin?

All types of insulin help to keep diabetes under control. No one type of insulin is right for everyone as each person’s insulin needs are different. Also, each person’s insulin needs may change over time. Your doctor and diabetes care team will help you decide the best insulin for you.

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What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, and weight gain.

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