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People with diabetes skipping insulin

A new survey, conducted in eight countries among almost 3,000 people with diabetes and healthcare professionals, has revealed that more than one in three people skip doses or fail to take their insulin as prescribed, and that on average they had done so three times in the last month.

Of the doctors and nurses surveyed, 77 per cent estimate that in reality this could be as high as six missed or incorrect doses, with 88 per cent reporting that there are a significant proportion of patients still not reaching blood glucose targets. Additionally, four out of ten people with diabetes say they struggle to effectively control their blood glucose levels.

Busy lives make it hard

The Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians in Insulin Therapy survey, funded by Novo Nordisk, questioned 2,780 respondents in the UK, Germany, Spain, France, China, Japan, US and Turkey. Of these, 1,530 were people using insulin to control their diabetes and 1,250 were healthcare professionals. Change in normal routines, being too busy or simply forgetting to take the insulin are the main reasons given for missing insulin doses.

Importance of good control

Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor Cathy Moulton said, "Good blood glucose control is vital in preventing the long-term complications of diabetes which can include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Missing insulin doses makes it harder to achieve the targets for optimum health, so it is important to look at why these omissions are happening and try to resolve any problems."

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