Recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?
A new study suggest starting insulin early is smart-
and not so scary.
Once people try giving themselves an insulin shot, they have this eureka moment as they realize it's not that hard to do. And many people have no idea that an insulin shot actually hurts less than doing a finger stick for their blood glucose check.
IIdiko Lindvay, MD., MPH., MSCS, a researcher at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas led a three-year study of 58 obese adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who were treated with either a combination of insulin and metformin or three diabetes medications (metformin, piogitazone, and glyburide). Insulin users took injections twice daily with a pen device that was easy to handle-even for people with Arthritis or impaired vision.
Both groups improved average blood glucose (A1C) to around 6.0 percent (considered excellent control), had a similar small number of low blood glucose episodes, and gained approximately the same amount of weight (10-15 pounds) over the three-year period.
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