Latest research on Insulin detemir

Insulin detemir is a long-acting human insulin analogue used to maintain basal levels of insulin in diabetic individuals. It is produced using recombinant DNA technology in yeast cells. This insulin analogue has a 14-C fatty acid, myristic acid, bound to the lysine amino acid at position B29. The myristoyl side chain increases self-association and albumin binding. This along with slow systemic absorption from the injection site prolongs distribution of the hormone into tissues and results in a long duration of action. Novo Nordisk markets insulin detemir under the trade name Levemir.

Insulin detemir and alcohol

The long duration of action of Levemir and concurrent alcohol usage may have contributed to the persistent hypoglycaemic episodes which lasted 41 hours in this case. [source, 2012]