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[Insulin dose titration in type 1 diabetes mellitus: A blessing or a curse?]

TAKÁCS Róbert

JUNE 15, 2012

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2012;22(05)

[INTRODUCTION - Knowing the pharmacokinetic properties of different insulins, useful treatment algorithms can be set up for the majority of our insulin-treated patients. When planning either a human or an analogue basal-bolus regimen, the first task is to determine the daily insulin requirement, followed by determination of the optimal rate of basal and bolus insulins. CASE REPORT - In a 33-year old, moderately obese man with type 1 diabetes who received 180 U daily insulin doses, accumulated hypoglycaemic episodes with neuroglycopenic symptoms occured. After cessation of the original insulin therapy and starting an analogue basal-bolus treatment regimen, both the carbohydrate metabolism and the overall quality of life of the patient have significantly improved. Optimal metabolic control was achieved by a basal insulin ratio above 50%. CONCLUSION - Using elements of the analogue basal-bolus regimen - one of the state-of-the-art forms of insulin treatment - at the appropriate dose and dose ratio, it is possible to comply with the therapeutic requirements of our age. However, if this weapon is used inappropriately, it might actually harm patients.]

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