The many new insulins have people confused. Two new ones are on the horizon. They are Levemir and
Apidra. Apidra will be rapid-acting like Novolog and Humalog. Levemir is a basal insulin like Lantus.
A few older insulins are being discontinued... Humulin L, Humulin U, and Regular and NPH Iletin II, purified PORK insulin.
We have an updated comprehensive chart available that compares the different insulins. If you'd like a copy, contact us at
There is new evidence that pioglitazone (Actos) improves lipids better than rosiglitazone (Avandia). Both glitazones reduce
A1C equally. But pioglitazone seems better at lowering triglycerides and increasing HDL.
Pioglitazone LOWERS triglycerides about 9% to 12%...
rosiglitazone can INCREASE triglycerides up to 15%.
Pioglitazone also raises HDL about 12% to 19%...compared
to 8% to 19% for rosiglitazone.