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What Is Insulin Detemir Used For?

How Does Insulin Detemir Work?

Insulin detemir is a form of insulin, which is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pancreas. This hormone is important for several functions, such as controlling blood sugar. Insulin helps the cells of your body remove glucose ("sugar") from your bloodstream. This sugar fuels your body's cells, giving them the energy they need to work properly and repair themselves.
Normally, your body is able to maintain proper levels of sugar in your blood and inside your cells. However, in people with type 1 diabetes (and sometimes type 2 diabetes), the pancreas has trouble making insulin. This causes too much sugar to accumulate in the blood. Too much sugar can also accumulate in the blood if your body has trouble responding to normal levels of insulin, as is common in type 2 diabetes. Over time, high levels of sugar in the blood can lead to serious health problems in the eyes, feet, hands, kidneys, and heart.
You may need to take insulin if your pancreas has trouble making enough, which is the case in people with type 1 diabetes and in some people who have type 2 diabetes.
Insulin detemir is a long-acting insulin medication. Two different characteristics make it long-acting. First, after the drug is injected, it is slowly released from the injection site into the bloodstream. Second, once the drug reaches the bloodstream, it binds to a blood protein known as albumin. Both of these characteristics contribute to the long duration of insulin detemir. As a long-acting insulin, the drug helps to work as a "basal" insulin, which means it provides a steady background level of insulin to help control blood sugar throughout the day. For controlling a spike in blood sugar levels after meals, other types of insulins may need to be used in addition to insulin detemir.

Is Insulin Detemir Used in Children?

Insulin detemir is approved for use in children with type 1 diabetes, although it is not yet approved for treating type 2 diabetes in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of the drug with your child's healthcare provider.
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