When people with type 2 diabetes begin insulin therapy, doctors often prescribe a 70%/30% premix of intermediate-acting and short-acting insulin. But research suggests that another option may produce even better results.

When individuals with type 2 diabetes whose symptoms were poorly controlled by the premixed insulin were switched to a combination of long-acting insulin plus oral diabetes medications, their symptoms improved significantly.

A1c levels dropped from an average of 8.28 percent to 6.83 percent. Fasting blood glucose levels also went down, and so did postprandial (after-meal) blood glucose.

It's also worth noting that it took less insulin to accomplish these results. This is important because insulin can make it more difficult to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, as it restores your body’s ability to use food properly.

If you use a 70/30 premix insulin to help manage your type 2 diabetes, you may want to discuss this research with your doctor to see whether long-acting insulin combined with an oral diabetes medication may help you achieve better diabetes control.

To learn more about insulin:
Why Insulin's 'Bad Rap' Is Undeserved
Understanding Long-Acting vs. Fast-Acting Insulin
Keep Your Insulin Safe