Concepts and clinical use of ultra-long basal insulin

Diabetol Metab Syndr. 2016 Jan 6;8:2. doi: 10.1186/s13098-015-0117-1. eCollection 2016.


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a public health issue, affecting around 382 million people worldwide. In order to achieve glycemic goals, insulin therapy is the frontline therapy for type 1 DM patients; for patients with type 2 DM, use of insulin therapy is an option as initial or add-on therapy for those not achieving glycemic control. Despite insulin therapy developments seen in the last decades, several barriers remain for insulin initiation and optimal maintenance in clinical practice. Fear of hypoglycemia, weight gain, pain associated with blood testing and injection-related pain are the most cited reasons for not starting insulin therapy. However, new generation of basal insulin formulations, with longer length of action, have shown the capability of providing adequate glycemic control with lower risk of hypoglycemia.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus; Glycemic control; Hypoglycemia; Ultra-long basal insulin.

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