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Insulin therapy is required by:
- type I insulin-dependent
- insulin-treated non-insulin-dependent diabetics:
type II diabetes patients who are not controlled on diet and oral medication
II diabetes patients with diabetic complications
- type II diabetes patients
with an expectation of developing serious complications
diabetics with raised glucose in the context of a myocardial infarction - the
evidence for this is controversial
Insulin therapy must be titrated
against diet and exercise to produce acceptable glycaemic control.
is available in a number of preparations with different pharmacokinetic properties
and the daily insulin dose can therefore be given in a number of regimens, tailored
on an individual basis to age, lifestyle, intelligence etc.
Last reviewed 01/2018