Are you using insulin to manage your type 2 diabetes? Are you reaching your blood glucose targets? You may wonder, what is next after insulin?
Insulin and other injectables
Insulin (rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting)
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates cells in the body to remove glucose from the blood for storage or usage. Insulin is normally released by the body following a meal to bring high sugar levels back into the normal range.
GLP-1 Agonists (e.g. liraglutide, exenatide, dulaglutide, lixisenatide)
These medications, also known as incretin mimetics, work by copying the functions of the natural incretin hormones in your body that help lower post-meal blood glucose levels. These functions include stimulating insulin secretion, inhibiting the release of glucagon and slowing glucose absorption into the bloodstream.
Combination insulin products
Basal insulin has been combined with GLP-1 agonists in a single injection and have similar advantages as oral combination medications – reduced side effects, simplified regimens, improved efficacy.
The two recent blogs about the discovery of insulin 100 years ago and the development of newer formulations and devices for insulin use, have underscored the initial lifesaving use of insulin. This blog will look at the evolution of the uses of insulin.
Insulin was first discovered in 1921. Since then, medical and technological advancements have made it even more effective for people with diabetes. Read this expert blog to learn about insulin improvements over the years.
Canadians have many claims to fame, but none are more important than the discovery of insulin in 1921. At a time when the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes meant a life of starvation and almost certain death, four scientists at the University of Toronto made a breakthrough that truly changed the world.
People who have diabetes are encouraged to become the captain of their own ship. This means that you need to steer your diabetes management towards the goals you have set for yourself and work with all members of your crew, i.e. your diabetes healthcare team.
Several provinces in Canada cover the costs of insulin pumps for select groups of people with diabetes. Discover if you are eligible.