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What Is Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Used For?

Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart is used for controlling blood sugar 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. Occasionally, the medication can also be prescribed off-label to treat gestational diabetes. There are currently no insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart uses approved for children.

Uses of Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart: An Overview

Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart (NovoLog® Mix 70/30, NovoLog® Mix 50/50) is a form of insulin used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes. This medication combines an intermediate-acting insulin (insulin aspart protamine) and a rapid-acting insulin (insulin aspart). It is designed to control blood sugar with just two injections per day.
 

Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Uses for Type 1 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.
 
In healthy people without diabetes, insulin levels do not stay the same throughout the day; instead, they fluctuate in response to changes in blood sugar levels. In order to mimic the natural insulin changes that help keep blood sugar safely controlled, insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart contains a mixture of a rapid-acting insulin along with an intermediate-acting insulin.
 
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