Functional Rehabilitation and Group Education, Vienna
We are the ISO-9001 certified research group, headed by Professor Kinga Howorka, MD; non-profit organisation providing medical research, structured individual and group education for self-treatment in diabetes and related diseases. Our main focus is diabetes mellitus with special interest in Type 1 diabetes, pregnancy in diabetes and/or hypoglycemia unawareness. Further on, components of metabolic syndrome such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and obesity are of particular interest, as well.
Physically we work at present in Vienna, Austria and we closely cooperate with Medical University of Vienna, Center of Biomedical Engineering and Physics and Center of Public Health, as well as with other medical university research and/or pharmaceuticals research groups.
Functional Insulin Treatment means that insulin is used functionally to imitate insulin production in a healthy pancreas. It is used functionally by separate replacement of:
Basal- insulin necessary to sustain the body while fasting, and
Prandial- or meal-related insulin, and
Correction insulin, necessary to lower blood glucose levels to the preferred target.
This system allows to adjust the insulin supply you need with 4 to 6 daily insulin injections or with an insulin pump. The insulin is personalized to individual requirements based on several daily blood glucose self-measurements, appetite (requirements for food) or fasting needs.
Two daily injections of delayed-acting insulin like NPH, Levemir® or once daily Lantus® (long-acting insulin analogs) are needed to cover basal, or fasting, insulin needs. Eating, or correcting high blood glucose levels requires a rapid-acting insulin such as Regular or Humalog®, NovoRapid® or Apidra® (rapid insulin analogs).