Types of Insulin
There are many different types of insulin for many different situation and lifestyle. Each insulin differs in how it is made, how it work in the body, and in price. There are 4 main types of insulin which are mainly use:
- Rapid-acting insulin – it begins to work about 5 minutes after injection, peaks in around 1 hour, and continue to work for 2-4 hours.
- Regular or Short-acting insulin – this type of insulin will reach the bloodstream within 30 minutes after injection. It will peak anywhere from 2-3 hours after injection and will stay effective for around 3-6 hours.
- Intermediate-acting insulin - this type of insulin will reach the bloodstream within 2-4 hours after injection. It will stay effective for around 12-18 hours.
- Long-acting insulin – this type of insulin will reach the bloodstream within 6-10 hours after injection and will stay effective for 20-27 hours.
Premixed insulin can be useful for people who have trouble drawing up insulin out of two bottles and at the same time reading the correct directions and dosages.