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INSULIN SIDE EFFECTS

ANCHOR LEAD:   SOMETIMES INSULIN MUST BE USED BY PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, BUT IT DOES HAVE SIDE EFFECTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
 
Insulin can be a lifesaver for people with diabetes, helping them keep their blood sugar under control and avoid long term complications of the condition such as eye or nerve problems.  Yet one common consequence of insulin therapy concerns many patients, says Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins.                          
GOLDEN:  Of course most patients are concerned about weight gain and that’s one of the main barriers to insulin therapy in addition to the injections.  But in this particular study the people that were on more frequent insulin dosing did experience more weight gain and certainly we know that there’s an improvement in glycemic control with weight loss so that also has to be balanced in determining what the next therapy should be in a patient who’s already on maximal oral agents.               :24

Golden says weight gain associated with insulin use may be minimized with careful attention to diet and exercise habits, as well as the dosing regimen and type of insulin used.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.     

 


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