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Which insulins do you or your child use?

 
 

Vote for all that apply

 
 

Short acting insulins

 
     

NovoLog / Novorapid

 
 

34%

 

24

 
     

Humalog

 
 

20%

 

14

 
     

Apidra

 
 

2%

 

2

 
     

Regular / Actrapid / Velosulin

 
 

2%

 

2

 
     

Other short acting insulin

 
 

1%

 

1

 
 

Long acting insulins

 
     

Lantus

 
 

24%

 

17

 
     

Levemir

 
 

5%

 

4

 
     

NPH / Isophane / Insulatard

 
 

4%

 

3

 
     

Other long acting insulin

 
 

1%

 

1

 
 

Other

 
     

Premixed (70/30, etc.)

 
 

1%

 

1

 
     

Other insulin

 
 

0%

     


Total votes: 69

 

Which insulins do you or your child use?

Poll dates: January 15 - 22, 2015
Total Votes: 69

Insulin users today have a great variety of products from which to choose. Fast-acting analogs (Humalog, NovoLog, and Apidra) and long-acting analogs (Lantus and Levemir) have changed the way many people use insulin. The use of Regular insulin among our readers has dropped off to one percent. NPH use has dropped too, from 32% in 2000 to just 13% today.

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

  Answer     Jan 2015     Jan 2014     Jan 2013     Jan 2012     Jan 2011     Jan 2010     Jan 2009     Jan 2008     Jan 2007     Jan 2006     Jan 2005     Jan 2004     Jan 2003     Jan 2002     Mar 2000  
Short acting insulins
NovoLog 34% 36% 41% 42% 40% 40% 38% 35% 33% 28% 27% 26% 12% 3% --
Humalog 20% 21% 17% 18% 17% 21% 18% 19% 17% 20% 22% 26% 34% 37% 35%
Apidra 2% 3% 9% 9% 5% 4% 5% 1% 1% 1% 1% -- -- -- --
Regular/Other 2% 7% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 3% 4% 12%
Long acting insulins
Lantus 24% 26% 24% 21% 24% 23% 28% 30% 31% 32% 27% 21% 17% 11% --
Levemir 5% 7% 6% 4% 6% 3% 4% 4% 4% 2% 1% -- -- -- --
NPH 4% 3% 1% 3% 4% 4% 5% 3% 6% 8% 14% 16% 22% 28% 32%
Other 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lente -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3% 4%
Ultralente -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 5% 7%
Other
Premixed 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 5%
Other insulin 0% 1% 0% 0% 1% 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 (57%), while one-third (33%) use Humalog and 5% use Apidra.

Graph
Data within rapid-acting insulin only

Graph
Data for rapid-acting insulin among all responses

Long Acting Insulin Use

As of January 2015, more CWD visitors report using Lantus than any other long acting insulin by a wide margin. This year, 71% of people who use long acting insulin report using Lantus. The use of NPH continues to decline and and now stands at just 13% for people who use long acting insulin. Levemir, new in 2005, is used by 17%. 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

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Data for long-acting insulin among all responses

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

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