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People with type 2 diabetes could benefit from early insulin therapy

Early intensive insulin therapy in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes can help achieve better blood glucose control, according to new research published today in the Lancet Journal.

Researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, looked at 82 newly diagnosed people with diabetes aged 25-70 years and found that those who were given insulin achieved target blood glucose control and in a shorter time than those on tablets.

"Achieving good diabetes control is key to diabetes management and also helps prevent people with the condition from developing its various life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputation and blindness" says Pav Pank, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"The research shows that considering using insulin early when people are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes might be an additional way to achieve good diabetes management. Nevertheless decisions about treatment need to be made on an individual basis for each patient. As using insulin introduces the risk of having hypos, good patient education on self-management is also crucial."

Diabetes UK