For some people with Type 2 diabetes, using a single insulin injection a day could be as effective at controlling their blood glucose levels as using multiple injections, according to new research published today in the Lancet.
German researchers looked at 418 patients with Type 2 diabetes at a variety of study sites across Europe and Australia. Researchers found that people treated with a single injection of insulin achieved similar blood glucose levels to those who injected three times a day. Researchers also reported that those using a single injection were more satisfied with their treatment.
Reducing risk of complications
"These findings are very interesting," said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.
"Good blood glucose control is a crucial part of diabetes management and helps reduce the risk of developing the various complications of diabetes.
Treating Type 2 with insulin
"We know that around a quarter of people with Type 2 diabetes use insulin injections to control their diabetes and that half of people who are diagnosed with the condition will need to be treated with insulin injections within six years of their diagnosis.
Single injections less invasive
"The possibility of having a single injection a day might be an attractive option for many people with Type 2 diabetes, especially if it proves to be as effective as multiple injections in controlling blood glucose levels, as it might seem less invasive.
Treatment needs to be tailored
"Nevertheless, diabetes treatment always needs to be tailored to the needs of each individual and it might still be more appropriate for some people to inject more than once a day to control their conditions effectively."