What have we learnt so far?
You will be pleased to hear that you have finished Section 1 of this tutorial - and are now over one third of the way through the material which is currently available here!
So far, we have overviewed two of the main classes of insulin preparations:
Regular insulin and Long-acting insulin
We have been able to simulate various example regimens which make use of these two types of insulin.
We have learnt why a single once daily injection of long-acting insulin would not offer ideal metabolic control - and have seen instead how by combining injections of regular insulin with long-acting insulin it is possible to achieve better control.
We have also learnt about two important modes of insulin management - conventional insulin therapy and intensive conventional insulin therapy.
We have seen how premixed (biphasic) insulin formulations can be used to provide conventional insulin therapy, and have also learnt a bit about mixing insulin preparations in the syringe.
We have also discovered some of the advantages of two (or more) injections per day, as well as how some of the basal-bolus (booster) intensive conventional insulin regimens operate.
Finally we have learnt a bit about the dawn phenomenon, and how to find out if we might be going 'hypo' overnight.
In the next lesson (Section 2) we will learn more about actually choosing the right insulin dose.
Diabetes Insulin Tutorial
The material in this on-line Diabetes / Insulin Tutorial has been drawn from a number of different sources.
However the original Web-based version can be found at the AIDA Website at: http://www.2aida.org/tutorial.