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From Bloomington, Illinois, USA:

What are the possible negative side effects of taking Ultralente insulin? Could it aggravate problems with the tendons in the hands?


Tenosynovitis in the hands is a recognised accompaniment to diabetes which is thought to have an autoimmune basis and has nothing to do with Ultralente insulin.


Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:

There are no additional known side effects of Ultralente insulin compared to other types of insulin. It is a longer acting insulin, and so peaks and valleys must be counterbalanced with food, activity and blood glucose monitoring (as with all insulins). It is often used as a basal insulin coupled with premeal boluses of Humalog, Novolog, or Regular insulin as part of a multi-dose intensified insulin regimen. Some diabetologists believe that Ultralente insulin is more unpredictable and varied in its effects, others use it as a substitute for an insulin pump, and still others use Ultralente insulin to gain a longer duration of effect compared to NPH or Lente insulin. As with all insulin programs, its use should be individualized based upon treatment goals and blood glucose readings.


Original posting 18 Mar 2001
Posted to Insulin


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