insulin Basics

A collection of resources designed to help you better understand insulin and how it can fit into everyday life.

whether you make it, take it, or both,


Insulin is a hormone your body makes to use or store the sugar it gets from food. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make its own insulin. But if you have type 2 diabetes, your body can still make its own insulin—it just doesn’t use it as well or it may not make enough.

When your body needs insulin, there are ways to help replace it. One of them is long-acting insulin.

living with


Wondering what starting insulin is like? Follow Barry as he takes you through a day in the life of a long-acting insulin beginner. It might help clear up some questions you may have along the way.



Join Michelle and Tony as they take you through their real-life transitions to long-acting insulin for their type 2 diabetes, how they overcame their concerns about insulin, and how they’re living now.