NovoLog Mix 70/30 is a prescription medicine used for controlling blood sugar levels in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It contains a rapid-acting insulin (which starts working quickly) and an intermediate-acting insulin (which continues to work for several hours). This drug comes in injectable form and should be given within 15 minutes before you start your morning and evening meals.
NovoLog Mix 70/30 is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, Inc.
How Does the Medication Work?
NovoLog Mix 70/30 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 remove glucose ("sugar") from your bloodstream. This sugar fuels your body's cells, giving them the energy they need to work properly.
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.
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.
As mentioned, NovoLog Mix 70/30 contains two different insulins: one that is rapid-acting and one that is intermediate-acting. It starts working quickly (due to the rapid-acting insulin) and continues to work for several hours (due to the intermediate-acting insulin).
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