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October 17, 2015

daveLast Friday, I had my six interns gather at a local restaurant for an insulin sit-down. We ran some scenarios for converting patients from basal insulin to mixed insulins, and for adding mealtime insulins. As they were offering their answers, it became very apparent that they were not well-versed in the duration, peaks and effects of the 11 different insulins currently available.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief