Does Levemir cure diabetes?

Ms. Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

No, Levemir does not cure diabetes. However, Levemir is a type of insulin that is used to control and manage blood sugars in people with diabetes.

Jennifer Shaw
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Levemir is one type of insulin used to treat diabetes, but it does not take the disease away. Depending on what type of diabetes you have, your body is not producing enough insulin or your cells are not responding to it properly, resulting in a high blood sugar. Taking additional insulin is part of the treatment plan for many people with diabetes, but it does not cure it, since if the insulin isn't taken, the symptoms will still be there. It is also still important for a person with diabetes to follow a healthy meal and activity plan, whether or not they are on medications. 

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Levemir does not cure diabetes but it is used to manage diabetes. Levemir is a long-acting insulin that is taken once or twice a day to manage blood sugar (glucose) levels in the body. Levemir's purpose is to lower the amount of sugar in your blood.

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Levemir is used to manage fluctuating glucose levels in children and adults with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes. It does not cure diabetes, but it can greatly reduce the health problems that result from uncontrolled blood sugar. Many people get periodic A1C tests that indicate their average blood sugar level over the last two to three months. The American Diabetes Association's recommendation for individuals with diabetes is an A1C less than 7. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends 6.5 or lower. In a clinical study of individuals with type 2 diabetes and A1C levels as high as 9, the use of Levemir once a day helped 64 percent to achieve A1C levels of 7 or below.

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