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What does insulin detemir treat?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Detemir is a basal insulin sold under the brand name Levemir. Basal insulins are in essence “time release” insulins that are designed to have a blood sugar lowering effect that lasts for an extended period of time.

The idea is that the patient would take one shot and be set for the day.

In Type-1 Diabetics, detemir can be used as a foundation therapy to control blood sugar overnight and between meals, but those of us with T-1 will still need to take a meal time insulin as well.

In Type-2 Diabetics, if they suffer from an overall elevation of blood sugar night and day, with minimal rises after meals, a detemir shot can often be used monotherapy to control the blood sugar. (Monotherapy is just a big word for it’ll do the whole job all by itself with no other drugs needed!).

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