aNovoLog® Mix 70/30 is not approved for patients younger than 18 years.
Treating diabetes with insulin
People with type 1 diabetes must treat their diabetes with insulin since their bodies naturally make very little or no insulin. Some people with type 2 diabetes can treat their diabetes with healthier food choices, regular physical activity, and non-insulin medications. But because diabetes changes over time, many people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need to take insulin. Needing insulin does not necessarily mean that you didn't follow your diabetes care plan. It just means that your body can no longer make enough insulin or properly use the insulin you do make.
Basal and bolus insulin
In people without diabetes, the body releases insulin in 2 different ways. First, it releases insulin at a steady “basal” rate throughout the day and night so the body will have enough energy even when you're not eating.
In people without diabetes, the body also releases short bursts of insulin at mealtime to cover the spikes in blood sugar caused by food. This is called a "bolus" release of insulin.
NovoLog® Mix 70/30 is typically taken twice a day and works in 2 ways. It can help cover both the body's bolus needs at mealtime and the body's basal needs for up to 24 hours.
Managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes
An important step you can take in managing your type 1 or type 2 diabetes is to make some adjustments to your daily routine. Even the smallest change may result in great benefits.
One important step to take is to check your blood sugar as directed by your doctor. You may need to check both before and after meals.
- Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) is your blood sugar when you have been fasting (not eating) for at least 8 hours. You may be checking this in the morning
- Postprandial plasma glucose (PPG) is your after-meal blood sugar, tested about 1 to 2 hours after you eat. This measures mealtime blood sugar spikes
Controlling your fasting and post-meal blood sugar can help you manage your diabetes. And the dual action of NovoLog® Mix 70/30 can help. Your doctor will give you an A1C test. An A1C test checks your progress by measuring your average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months.
You and your doctor will set goals for your A1C results. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends an A1C level of less than 7%.
A1C and average blood sugar
When A1C results come back from the lab, there may be another blood sugar reading. For many people, it's easier to understand the average blood sugar reading because it is expressed in the same units that you see on your blood sugar meter, (mg/dL).