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Humalog Mix50/50 Uses

Humalog Mix50/50 is used for controlling blood sugar in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Healthcare providers may also sometimes recommend off-label Humalog Mix50/50 uses, such as treating gestational diabetes (temporary diabetes caused by pregnancy).

What Is Humalog Mix50/50 Used For? -- An Introduction

Humalog® Mix50/50 (insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro) is a combination form of insulin used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes. Using a combination insulin product such as this can help reduce the number of insulin injections per day. This medication combines two different types of insulins: an intermediate-acting insulin (insulin lispro protamine) and a rapid-acting insulin (insulin lispro).
 

Humalog Mix50/50 Uses for Type 1 Diabetes

The need to take insulin is usually associated with type 1 diabetes (sometimes known as juvenile-onset diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes). Although type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood or adolescence, this is not always the case. With this type of diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin on a regular basis to help keep their blood sugar at the right level. Insulin is absolutely essential for people with type 1 diabetes.
 

Using Humalog Mix50/50 for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes called non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes. However, these other names are generally not used anymore, since many people with this type of diabetes need to take insulin, and since both children and adolescents can develop type 2 diabetes. This type diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes. The cause of type 2 diabetes is not fully understood, although obesity and genetics are known to play important roles.
 
The problem with type 2 diabetes is that the cells of the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, the cells do not remove sugar (glucose) from the blood very well, resulting in high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Therefore, people with type 2 diabetes need much more insulin than is normal to control their blood sugar. The pancreas cannot keep up with such a high demand and eventually starts to fail. Not everyone with type 2 diabetes needs to take insulin.
 
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