Figure 50 Over 300 insulin preparations are available worldwide. They may be classified according to their duration of action: short-acting (soluble, neutral or regular), intermediate-acting (isophane), long-acting (insulin-zinc suspensions), and fixed mixtures of short- and intermediate-acting (biphasic insulins). Some of the most commonly used insulins are summarized in this figure. It is preferable for the non-specialist to become familiar with a small number of appropriate insulins and insulin regimens rather than attempt to know them all
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