If your doctor is recommending that you start insulin therapy, it doesn't mean that you've failed to control your type 2 diabetes. My father's doctor prescribed insulin therapy a few years back and my dad, unfortunately, had a negative reaction—like many people with diabetes, he found it very discouraging to start insulin. But type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that can cause your pancreas to stop producing insulin no matter how diligently you've worked to eat right and maintain a healthy weight. That can lead to high blood sugar levels and, if uncontrolled, diabetes complications down the road.
Insulin injection therapy is much more convenient and painless than most people realize. And it can help you achieve better diabetes control. For my dad, the daily regimen of insulin injections led to better management of everything from blood glucose levels to diet and exercise.
By Joyce A. Generali, M.S. FASHP, R.Ph., director of the University of Kansas Drug Information Center and the author of The Pharmacy Technician’s Pocket Drug Reference
From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus, Spring 2011