When we eat sugar or carbohydrates that�turns into glucose our body has a need to�use that�glucose for energy.� The chemical our body releases to do this is called insulin.
For those who do not have diabetes this is something the body does without them ever knowing.� However for a diabetic whose body does not make insulin or produce enough of it this valuable chemical has to be supplemented.
Commonly insulin is delivered by regular needle injection, insulin pens or an insulin pump.� There are other delivery systems available for insulin that are not commonly used such as the Jet Injector.� In the future pharmaceutical companies hope to bring inhalable insulin. Inhalable insulin would work a lot like the inhaler an asthma sufferer would use.
For what is available now there are over 20 different types of insulins.� Each insulin is judged by these characteristics.
Onset: This term refers to how fast the insulin starts working.
Our chart below is made up of some of the most commonly used insulins.� It shows the general onset, peak and duration of these insulins.
Insulin brand information and data provided by the FDA.
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