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[A new option in insulin therapy that decreases the risk of hypoglycaemia]

BECHER Péter, MÁJER Katalin, PATAI Árpád

APRIL 20, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(03-04)

[Insulin degludec is a novel, ultra-long acting basal insulin analogue with a safety and efficacy similar to those of insulin glargine. Its main advantage is its ability to significantly reduce hypoglycaemia, particularly nocturnal hypoglycaemia. We present in detail the results of the BEGIN clinical studies with degludec.]

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