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  Which insulins do you or your child use?  
  Vote for all that apply  
  Short acting insulins  
      NovoLog / Novorapid  
  40%     170  
      Humalog  
  21%     88  
      Apidra  
  4%     19  
      Regular / Actrapid / Velosulin  
  3%     11  
      Other short acting insulin  
  0%     1  
  Long acting insulins  
      Lantus  
  23%     97  
      Levemir  
  3%     14  
      NPH / Isophane / Insulatard  
  4%     19  
      Other long acting insulin  
  0%     0  
  Other  
      Premixed (70/30, etc.)  
  1%     6  
      Other insulin  
  0%     2  

Total votes: 427
 

Which insulins do you or your child use?

Poll dates: January 20 - 27, 2010
Total Votes: 427

Insulin users today have a great variety of products from which to choose. In the past few years, two fast-acting analogs (NovoLog and Humalog) and one long-acting analog (Lantus) have been introduced and have changed the way many people use insulin. The use of Regular insulin among our readers has dropped off to just one percent. NPH use has dropped too, from 32% in 2000 to just 5% in 2009 (up from 3% in 2008).

This table shows readers' answers to this survey over the past years:

  Answer     Jan 2010     Jan 2009     Jan 2008     Jan 2007     Jan 2006     Jan 2005     Jan 2004     Jan 2003     Jan 2002     Mar 2000  
Short acting insulins
NovoLog 40% 38% 35% 33% 28% 27% 26% 12% 3% --
Humalog 21% 18% 19% 17% 20% 22% 26% 34% 37% 35%
Apidra 4% 5% 1% 1% 1% 1% -- -- -- --
Regular/Other 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 3% 4% 12%
Long acting insulins
Lantus 23% 28% 30% 31% 32% 27% 21% 17% 11% --
Levemir 3% 4% 4% 4% 2% 1% -- -- -- --
NPH 4% 5% 3% 6% 8% 14% 16% 22% 28% 32%
Other 0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lente -- -- 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3% 4%
Ultralente -- -- 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 5% 7%
Other
Premixed 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 5%
Other insulin 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2%
Percentages based on use compared with all responses

Looking at answers in the short-acting and long-acting insulins shows a dramatic change since 2000. The following graphs illustrate the rapid increase in use of insulin analogs and the concurrent decline in the use of Regular and NPH.

Rapid Acting Insulin Use

The rise in the use of NovoLog has been particularly significant since it was introduced in 2002. Among users of rapid-acting insulin, NovoLog is used by almost two-thirds of our visitors (59%), while use of Humalog has declined to less than one-third (30%). Apidra, new to the US market in 2006, now has 7% of rapid acting insulin uses. The use of Regular continues to decline and is now at a reported 4%.

Graph
Data within rapid-acting insulin only

Graph
Data for rapid-acting insulin among all responses

Long Acting Insulin Use

As of January 2010, more CWD visitors report using Lantus than any other long acting insulin by a wide margin. This year, 75% of people who use long acting insulin report using Lantus. The use of NPH continues to decline and and now stands at 15% for people who use long acting insulin. Levemir, new in 2005, is used by 11%. Given the clinical benefits of using Lantus or Levemir over NPH, it's no surprise to see the rapid decline in use of NPH. (See our page about Care Suggestions for citations to studies about NPH.)

Graph
Data for long-acting insulin only

Graph
Data for long-acting insulin among all responses

[Download an Excel 2007/2010 spreadsheet with the data and graphs from this poll]

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Last Updated: Wednesday January 27, 2010 14:56:34
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