Journal article

Comparison of two twice-daily insulin regimens: ultralente/soluble and soluble/isophane.

GM Ward, RW Simpson, EA Ward, RC Turner

Diabetologia | Published : 1981


The relative efficacy of two twice-daily insulin regimens using highly purified insulins, once daily Ultratard with twice daily Actrapid (ultralente/soluble) and twice daily Actrapid with twice daily Retard (soluble/isophane), has been studied in 12 diabetics in a cross-over study. Control was optimised as an out-patient, and assessed by in-patient 24 hour profiles. Similar day-time glucose control was achieved, but the mean overnight plasma glucose concentrations were more steady on ultralente/soluble (0100, 0300, 0500, 0700, 0800 h values 5.6, 5.3, 5.8, 7.8, 10.4 mmol/l) than on soluble/isophane (4.3, 3.4, 5.2, 7.5, 12.2 mmol/l). The minimum overnight plasma glucose concentrations were low..

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