Early Insulin Treatment Effective for Type 2 Diabetes
A small study from researchers at Ohio University Diabetes Institute found that treating patients with type 2 diabetes with early insulin therapy could significantly improve health outcomes.
The study included 23 adults who were newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Patients who were given early insulin therapy reduced their A1C levels - a measurement of blood sugar for the last two to three months - from 10.1 percent to 6.7 percent in the course of 15 months.
Compared with a group of patients taking intensive oral therapy who gained weight, the insulin patients lost about five pounds.
“Insulin therapy protects beta cells in the pancreas that respond to glucose and produce insulin,” said lead researcher Dr. Jay Shubrook.
'Time is not our friend'
Shubrook explained that early insulin therapy can help the body to secrete more insulin, and the goal in type-2 diabetes treatment is long-term glucose control.
"Time is not our friend in type 2 diabetes," he said.
Current recommendations for early type-2 diabetes treatment includes oral therapies, but with more research, insulin may prove to be safe and effective, Shubrook said.
Source: Tech Times
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