Insulin nomenclature is clearly confusing. Among other reasons:
The same product may have several different names; the names may be different in the U.S. compared to other countries; the same product may be made by several manufacturers and given differing names.
The product may be from different sources (previously all insulin came from animal pancreases: beef, pork, or mixed beef/pork; but now-a-days, insulins usually are semisynthetic human).
Insulins are classified by duration of action, as being rapid, intermediate, and prolonged.
Several manufacturers may also mix two insulin products into the same vial, producing mixtures of 70% one and 30% another, or 50/50. To make it worse, what the US calls 70/30 would be called 30/70 in Europe! And in the US, 70/30, 75/25, and 50/50 are the usual mixtures, but in Europe there will be others such as 80/20 (oops, 20/80).
Some of the "big players" in the insulin arena are described below. I give the U.S. brand name first, then common na...
I recently received the following e-mail: I'm borderline diabetic so I haven't learnt much yet about diabetes or the medication used to treat it but I am now aware of news items concerning diabetes. The other day I saw a news item that said that non-human insulin is about twice as expensive as human insulin so the NHS (I live in the UK) has advised doctors to prescribe the cheaper alternative to new cases. This worries me because I have tried to stay off insulin by losing weight etc., and now feel that my reward might be to be prescribed an inferior form of insulin when I do need it. I've heard that the human insulin increases body fat which would also reverse all my efforts and demotivate me. What is your view on this?
First, we need to clarify what "non-human" insulin you are talking about. I initially thought you meant animal-source insulin, but finding a recent news story about the NHS's concern, it appears your concern is with the recently-developed insuli...
Generic Name: INSULIN ASPART PROTAMINE/INSULIN ASPART -
INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin AS-part PRO-tah-meen/ IN-sue-lin AS-part) Novolog Mix 70-30 SubQ Uses
Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart is used along with
a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar. It is used in
people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) or type 2 (non-insulin-dependent)
diabetes. This product is a combination of two man-made insulins:
intermediate-acting insulin aspart protamine and rapid-acting insulin aspart.
This combination starts working faster and lasts for a longer time than regular
Insulin is a natural substance that allows the body to
properly use sugar from the diet. It replaces the insulin that your body no
longer produces, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood
sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs,
and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may als...
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