Over the course of my more than 30 years as a practicing clinician and primary care educator, I have seen a lot of adult patients with diabetes try to manage their disease and maintain A1C control. Adding basal insulin to my patient's treatment plan can be an effective way to improve glycemic control.
When I am prescribing a basal insulin, one of the considerations is duration of action. I am encouraged that my choices include basal insulins that last over 24 hours. Patients can get busy or distracted and forget or delay taking their insulin dose. I know most patients with diabetes don’t intend to miss a dose on purpose. But we’re all human, and we make mistakes. That’s why it was nice to learn about a basal insulin with dosing recommendations that allow my adult patients to take their daily dose at any time of the day. If they delay or miss a dose, they should take it as soon as they remember and then return to their regular dosing schedule. They just need to make sure there are at least 8 hours between injections.