Diabetes Treatment

Lantus Insulin

Lantus is a new long acting insulin glargine injection for diabetes care. Lantus insulin presents a remarkable breakthrough in diabetes treatment in that it is the first insulin to present truly flat insulin levels throughout the entire day, for most users. It can be used by people with Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Considered an option to an insulin pump, it is the first long-term insulin that has a predictable and unchanged insulin activity. Like other new insulins, Lantus is an insulin analog, expressing that its molecular structure has been changed slightly, and it is this change that gives it the long lasting effect. Lantus is designed for once-a-day use and will provide a 24-hour basal dose of insulin. Lantus has been approved for use in children with diabetes as young as six. For further details read Risk Factors For Type 1 Diabetes.

Unlike other long acting insulin (e.g. NPH and UltraLente), Lantus is the first clear long-acting insulin; all the others are "cloudy" (i.e., suspensions). When Lantus is injected, the acidic solution is neutralized by the body, causing insulin glargine crystals to dissolve out. From those crystals, the insulin is slowly absorbed over within hours. Since Lantus lasts for 24 hours, it can be taken once a day. To know more about diabetes health, you can go through the site of American Diabetes Association.

Lantus insulin reduces the risk of night time hypoglycemia in comparison to NPH, as it has essentially no peaks. However, Lantus insulin should not be mixed with other insulins. In addition, some people claim a burning sensation at the injection site. Other possible side effects include blood sugar levels that are too low (hypoglycemia); injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site; itching and rash; and allergic reactions.