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Photo: Levemir(R) Once-Daily Substantially Lowered Average Blood Sugar Levels of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in TITRATE(R) Study
Date:5/8/2009

Approximately 60 Percent of Patients Reached American Diabetes Association's Recommended Average Blood Sugar Level

PRINCETON, N.J., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Novo Nordisk today announced results from the TITRATE(R) study showing that Levemir(R) (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection), taken once-daily, substantially lowered average blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes patients took a more active role in their treatment by adjusting their own dosing, after being trained and given an adjustment schedule by their physician. Approximately 60 percent of patients taking Levemir(R) once-daily reached the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) recommended average blood sugar level.

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"Teaching and empowering patients to adjust their own insulin doses can help them achieve good blood sugar control," said Lawrence Blonde, MD, Director, Ochsner Diabetes Clinical Research Unit, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans and the lead researcher in the trial. "These findings showed that following a self-adjustment dosing schedule of Levemir(R) once-daily resulted in a majority of patients reaching the target blood sugar level that the ADA recommends for most patients."

The TITRATE(R) study was published this week online in the journal, Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism.

Patients who had not previously used insulin and had a starting average blood sugar level (A1C) of less than 9 percent, adjusted their dose of Levemir(R) to reach specific fasting blood sugar targets of 70-90 mg/dL or 80-110 mg/dL. Fasting blood sugar is the amount of sugar in the blood as determined by a blood test (called FPG) taken first thing in the morning after not eating for at least 8 hou
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