ANCHOR LEAD: SHOULD PEOPLE WHO’VE JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES START RIGHT OFF WITH INSULIN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Using insulin right away in people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes subsequently allowed them to stop all medications and control their diabetes with diet and exercise alone, a recent study in the Lancet concluded. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, offers his opinion.
SAUDEK: The idea of early insulin therapy is not new, its usually used to essentially knock people down into good blood glucose control, and then replace by pills. People have tried early insulin therapy in the past, and there’s no question that you can control the diabetes better with insulin, and then in most people you can take them off insulin and treat them with pills, but this is a new idea that you’re actually improving their pancreatic ability to make insulin. :29
Saudek says most people resist the use of insulin because they don’t like the injections. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.