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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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Levemir® Videos

FlexPen. Insulin delivery my way.
(1:15 min.)


Glynn was hesitant about starting insulin. Then he met FlexPen®.

What is Diabetes?

People with diabetes do not have enough insulin in their body to control their blood sugar or it isn't used the way it should be. Insulin is a hormone that helps the cells of the body take up blood sugar, which is used for energy. When there is not enough insulin in the body, parts of the body can’t use blood sugar for energy. In addition, blood sugar builds up in the blood. This can lead to high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, for people who have diabetes.

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, once called juvenile diabetes, is diagnosed during childhood through adulthood. Only 5% to 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects both children and adults.

What are symptoms of diabetes?

People with diabetes may have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling very tired

They may also have problems with:

  • Infections of the skin, gum, or bladder
  • Scrapes or bruises healing slower than usual
  • Tingling or numbness in the limbs

What are the risk factors for type 2 diabetes?

Your family history is a strong risk factor for diabetes. Other factors that may increase someone’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes include older age, being overweight, or having a lifestyle that doesn’t include physical activity.

How is type 2 diabetes treated?

When people are first diagnosed with diabetes, they are given a diabetes-friendly diet and exercise plan, and then prescribed a diabetes pill or an injectable medication. For some people, this treatment plan may be enough to help control their blood sugar levels. Other people may be prescribed a basal insulin, such as Levemir®.

Diabetes is a progressive condition that changes over time. You may need different treatments to help control your blood sugar. So, even if you have been managing your diabetes well with diet, exercise, and oral diabetes medication, you may need insulin therapy at some point in your life.

When you take a medication like Levemir® and make healthy lifestyle choices, you’re taking an active role in managing your blood sugar levels. A long-acting insulin, such as Levemir®, offers up to 24-hour coverage in type 2 diabetes that helps control your blood sugar between meals and while you sleep.

Selected Important Safety Information

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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