Early Insulin Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 28, 2012

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Insulin is the most effective pharmacological treatment available for diabetes. Early insulin treatment in type 2 diabetes has gained a lot of attention recently due to its ability to obstruct the onset of long-term complications of diabetes and their severity. Almost all type 2 diabetics subsequently fail to respond effectively to oral drugs for type 2 diabetes or hypoglycaemia and will require insulin therapy treatment. [Read: Complications of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus]

Early Insulin Therapy for Type 2 Diabetics

Usually, insulin therapy is not administered to a type 2 diabetic in the early stages of the lifelong disease. Insulin through pump or injection is prescribed to the patient when the pancreas no longer produces insulin for the normal functioning of the body. Insulin therapy, which is given as soon as diabetes is diagnosed, aims to control the blood sugar level. Apart from the early insulin therapy, diet modifications and increased physical activity is also recommended by the doctor. Doctor discontinues early insulin therapy if the type 2 diabetic patient has been successful in maintaining blood glucose levels in the recommended range for two weeks.

Benefits of Early Insulin Therapy

Administering insulin therapy in the beginning of the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes has shown manifold benefits, some of which are given below:

•    Type 2 diabetics, who receive early insulin therapy, have shown better control over otherwise soaring blood glucose levels, however, diet modifications and exercise regimen were also followed by those patients apart from insulin therapy treatment. This is referred to as glycemic remission.[Lifestyle Modifications for Diabetics]
•    After resorting to insulin therapy treatment for type 2 diabetes, it has been noted that the patient’s ability to produce insulin also increases.
•    Beta cells are responsible for the production of insulin. The early administration of this therapy prevents breakdown of beta cells present in the pancreas.
•    Treating type 2 diabetics sooner with insulin therapy diminishes the chances of onset of diabetic complications, such as diabetic retinopathy or neuropathy. Maintaining the blood sugar levels early not only prevents complications, but also the severity of the patient’s condition.

Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, take an appointment with an endocrinologist to learn about insulin therapy. Diabetes goes undiagnosed for years and people tend to live a normal life sans modifications required to control soaring high sugar levels. Insulin therapy is most beneficial in such cases because the damage caused to pancreas and beta cells would have occurred for long.


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